Search For Missing Woman Ends In Tragedy

A troopers’ helicopter and firefighters searched Saturday to find missing Natividad Nina Salamone

DOUGLASS (BERKS) PA – An autopsy is expected to be conducted today (Tuesday, June 27, 2016) by the Berks County Coroner’s Office on the body of a Douglass (Berks) Township woman who had been missing from her Township Line Road home since late last week, and who was the subject of an intense weekend search, according to reports.

The body of Natividad Nina Salamone, 55, was found Monday (June 26) at about 7:30 a.m. by workers at the J&L Building Materials Inc. Showroom and Design Center, 1421 Benjamin Franklin Hwy., as they were moving packages of roofing shingles. They were said to have left the scene undisturbed, and called law enforcement. Douglass Township police, state troopers, and the coroner all responded.

The police department, which initially posted a notice about Salamone’s disappearance accompanied by her photo Saturday night (June 24) on its Facebook page, has not issued a follow-up. The cause and circumstances of her death, how or why she might have arrived at the business that is not far from her home, and other details of a police investigation were not immediately available.

A four-hour search (at top) Saturday for Salamone, who police said was “known to have history of mental health issues,” had concentrated in part on a portion of nearby Union Township. She was said by the Monarch Fire Company, in a Facebook post, to have been spotted there earlier that day. Volunteers from the Monarch, Amity, and Birdsboro-Union fire companies; the Douglass, Birdsboro, and Amity police departments; and helicopter support from the Altoona barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police all participated in the search, Monarch said.

Family members of the victim on Saturday made public calls for prayers for Salamone’s safety. Facebook readers shared the police post of her missing status more than 1,200 times, occasionally commenting with hopes that she would be found in good condition.

The Post’s earlier story on Salamone’s disappearance, published Saturday (June 24), appears below:

Police: Douglass Woman Missing Since Friday

DOUGLASS PA – Officers in the Douglass (Berks) Police Department have asked the public to watch for a female Township Line Road resident who they said “went missing” Friday (June 23, 2017) at about 6:30 p.m., and as of Saturday (June 24) at 9:30 p.m. had not yet returned to her home.

Police issued a “missing person alert” for Natividad Nina Salamone, who will observe her 56th birthday on Independence Day (July 4). Salamone is “known to have history of mental health issues,” the department said on its Facebook page, and her safety is its concern. She was last seen wearing what were described as “a red or orange bright-colored shirt, multi-colored spandex pants, and white sneakers.”

Anyone with information on Salamone’s whereabouts is asked to call the department at 610-367-9474 or send it an e-mail to dtpd@me.com.

Photos from the Douglass (Berks) Police Department
and Monarch Fire Company, both via Facebook

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