By Muhammad Atef | May 4, 2021

Body of Drew University student who was missing for months found in New York, authorities say

The body of a Drew University student who was missing for months has been found, authorities announced Monday.

Ajay Sah, 22, of Madison, was reported missing on Jan. 22, according to a joint statement from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Madison Police Department.

Sah, a foreign exchange student from Nepal who was attending Drew University in the borough, was last seen on campus on Jan. 19, police said. An investigation confirmed Sah traveled by an NJ Transit train to New York Penn Station. He was seen traveling alone and carrying a backpack.

His laptop, assignments and study materials were left on his desk at school as if he planned to return, family and friends said at the time. Shah had not posted on social media since leaving his room and his last credit card transaction was for the purchase of his train ticket.

There had been no trace of Sah for over two months, but then his backpack was discovered by someone on a Sea Bright beach and its contents were turned over to authorities in late April, police said.

An unidentified body was discovered in Anchorage Channel in Brooklyn on March 9 and while authorities were unable to confirm its identity, the NYPD notified the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Missing Persons Unit on April 25, the office said.

After detectives conferred, the body was later confirmed to be Sah by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York through the use of X-ray analysis, officials said. The final death certificate was pending Monday.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office extends its condolences to the Sah family for their loss,” Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said in a statement. “The circumstances of this disappearance … were investigated thoroughly by the MCPO, Madison Police Department and its law enforcement partners. We appreciate all of the hard work put into tracing Mr. Sah’s movements.

“We pray the Sah family finds closure following the tragic loss of their family member. I’d also like to thank the public for its help in getting the word out about this missing person.”

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Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.



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