Search continues for missing New Hope bartender

Posted: January 29, 2013

Police and dozens of volunteers continued searching sections of Lambertville Monday for Sarah Majoras, a popular New Hope bartender last seen early Saturday morning.

Majoras, 39, a bartender at John and Peter's, was apparently walking home after spending Friday night with friends watching a band at the bar, according to Michael Gardner, a fellow bartender reached by telephone on Monday. She was not working on Friday, he said.

After the bar closed, Majoras set off by herself to walk back to Lambertville, where she lives with her boyfriend, Gardner said. He added that she regularly walks home from the bar.

Surveillance camera footage from the bridge crossing the Delaware River shows her walking alone into Lambertville around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns.

That was the last time she was seen before she went missing. . Police have said they suspect she went missing just past the bridge in Lambertville, around Bridge Street and Lambert Lane.

Police said she was wearing blue jeans, a camouflage jacket, a baseball cap, brown leather boots and glasses. She was described as 5-feet-4 inches tall and about 140 pounds.

Hunterdon County detective Ed DeFilippis said Monday that since Majoras' disappearance, authorities have had a dive team probe the Delaware River and the nearby, partially-frozen Delaware and Raritan Canal; performed canine searches of the area; had a helicopter fly overhead; and worked with at least 50-60 community volunteers in search efforts.

Kearns said investigators have not found any evidence that could help their search, such as a stray piece of clothing or any record of cell phone calls. He said foul play is not suspected, and he did not specify what role alcohol may have played in her disappearance.

A Facebook page called "Find Sarah Majoras" was set up over the weekend, where updates on volunteer efforts and messages of support were being posted. More than 5,800 people had liked the page as of Monday afternoon. People were also posting information on Twitter with the hashtag #findsarah.

Gardner said Majoras, who he described as a voracious reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast, was "very loved" among the bar's patrons.

"We just pray she's ok," he said. "I don't know what to say at this point. We're worried."

Authorities are asking anyone with information about Majoras to contact the Lambertville Police Department at 609-397-3132.

Contact Chris Palmer at 609-217-8305,, or follow on Twitter, @cs_palmer

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