BOONTON, NJ - The two dead bodies found in a Boonton pond last week have been ruled to be an accidental death.  

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, Town of Boonton Captain Stephen Jones, and Town of Boonton Public Safety Director Daniel DeGroot announced the following update today regarding the investigation.

From the news release:

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On February 23, 2021, the following individuals were located deceased in a pond in the Upper Pond section of Grace Lord Park in Boonton – Warda Syed, female, age 35; and Uzair Ahmed, male, age 11. The Morris County Medical Examiner has determined the manner of death for both individuals to be accidental. There is no cause to believe there was any criminal activity involved in either individual’s death. Out of respect and consideration for family of the deceased, there will be no further comment on the circumstances of the incident.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit investigated this incident jointly with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Boonton Police Department Detective Bureau, and with the assistance of the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at or by phone at 973-829-8159.