Police Get Tip in Time to Save Suicidal Woman

Current medical status of 26-year-old unknown after being found in back of car.

In collaboration with the Mt. Olive Police Department, officers from were able to find and save a Long Valley woman who was believed to be suicidal, police said.

Police received a call Monday at about midnight from the Mt. Olive Police Department about a 26-year-old woman who left an apartment in that township and was believed to possibly have a knife and may attempt “suicide by cop” if approached by police, Lt. Doug Compton said.

The woman had a last known address of Long Valley, Compton said. Under the direction of Cpl. Robert Oranchak, officers Kirk Griffin and Adam Feichter began checking various location within Washington Township, and shortly after 1 a.m., Mt. Olive police provided additional information of the woman’s potential whereabouts, Compton said.

Shortly thereafter, Oranchak and Griffiin found fresh tire marks heading into a wooded area near the address reported, Compton said. The woman’s car was about 200 yards off the road, with the 26-year-old lying in the backseat, Compton said.

She was unresponsive but breathing, and the officers removed her from the car and assessed her condition, Compton said. She was then carried back to the roadway where she was turned over to the Long Valley First Aid Squad and medical personnel from St. Clare’s Hospital. She was later transported to Morristown Medical Center for further treatment.

The Washington Township Police did not release the identity of the woman. Her current condition was not known.

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NTG June 01, 2012 at 03:28 AM
this is a personal matter ... I don't think it helps this woman to report this ... obviously she is troubled ... she deserves privacy
Gadfly June 01, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Joanne June 01, 2012 at 10:49 AM
she had her privacy, they did not say who she was, they just pointed out that they were dealt a difficult situation, and they went to all lengths to find her in time and get her into safety...they did great! in the second paragraph of this report, if you read it, it was mentioned that it could be suicide by cop, this puts the police in a very dangerous position and not only for themselves.It also never mentioned if the "harm she inflicked on herself was with a knife or not. so hardly any information was given at all. Personally I am glad she is off the streets!
Jack Mahoffer June 02, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Great job WTPD !!! Great display of determination & unrelenting focus. This girl would have died if it were not for the professionalism of our police department. Combing the pitch black woods in the dead of night to find a needle in a hay stack - and that needle was found in the nick of time. Its a shame you guys are'nt appreciated the way you should be. Thank you all !!
John brophy June 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I agree excellent job by officers, suicide by cop, many different outcomes could have occurred . Officers are true examples of compassionate and caring by both agencies, and their dispatchers.I hope the young lady can get the nessary help she needs and go on to have a better life.


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