NJ Cops Probe Suspected Sleepwalk Drowning Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(OAKLYN, N.J.) -- Police in south New Jersey believe a local woman might have drowned due to a sleepwalking incident.

The body of 55-year-old Oaklyn resident Charlene Ferraro was found in the Newton Lake Monday morning and authorities believe she might have been dead for at least a day.

The scenario cops pieced together was that Ferraro got out of bed sometime early Sunday and slept walked down her street onto a train trestle.  It was there that police say Ferraro probably lost her footing and fell into the lake where she drowned.

Cops were called onto the scene after a friend of Ferraro's said she found the dead woman's phone outside her apartment and became worried.

Adding to the mystery was that Ferraro's car had also sustained damage.  According to witnesses, she had driven it Saturday night before retiring but they weren't aware what had happened.

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