Mel Evans  /  AP
Police and emergency officals gather in a park Tuesday in Burlington Township, N.J., not far from where a car belonging to Sarah Townsend, 18, of Florence, N.J., was found.
updated 5/13/2011 4:16:08 PM ET 2011-05-13T20:16:08

Authorities say they've found the body of a missing New Jersey teenager on the fifth day of searching a park where her car was found abandoned.

Eighteen-year-old Sarah Townsend hadn't been seen since Monday morning, when she left home in Florence to go to Allentown High School.

Townsend's boyfriend found her car at the park hours later. Her cellphone and purse were left inside.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said canine tracking teams led police back to the pond they'd searched earlier in the week.

Police had said earlier that there was no evidence of foul play in Townsend's disappearance.

An autopsy is expected to determine a cause of death.

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