April 20, 2011
MAYS LANDING – Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced tonight that the body of a woman found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia yesterday is that of a 19-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman who was abducted from a home in Atlantic City in March.
Nadirah Ruffin, the mother of a four-year-old son, was last seen at 11:40 p.m. on March 26 at a residence in the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue in Atlantic City. Atlantic City police received a 911 call from the home that four masked suspects kicked open the door, ransacked the home and robbed the victims, before taking Ruffin at gunpoint. The Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the FBI worked many hours on locating Ruffin. Fliers were handed out and hung up offering a $20,000 reward by the FBI to anyone with information about Ruffin’s whereabouts. The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department also assisted, Prosecutor Housel stated.
A Philadelphia Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim this morning and determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide. Ruffin was positively identified tonight through dental records. Notification of next of kin has been made, Prosecutor Housel said.
At 10:35 a.m. yesterday morning Philadelphia police responded to a 911 call from a bicyclist in Fairmount Park for a report of a body discovered in the river along Martin Luther King Drive. Members of the Prosecutor’s Office along with the FBI and the Atlantic City Police Department also responded.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed control of the investigation, as is standard protocol. The FBI, the Atlantic City Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department, are also assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information involving this and other serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers