A memorial service Monday to commemorate the one year anniversary of a Gloucester Township woman’s death included remembrances, song and a donation of sneakers to a charitable organization in honor of a woman who loved to run.
Carol Reiff’s family, friends and coworkers gathered outside an office building on Caldwell Road to honor her memory a year after her remains were found near her Gloucester Township apartment. Reiff once worked in the building where the event was held. Attendees read poems, told stories about Reiff’s loyalty as a friend and strength as a parent, and donated 60 pairs of shoes for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a charity which aids American veterans. Reiff was remembered repeatedly as an avid runner and the gifts seemed an appropriate way to celebrate her life, organizers said.
“We did it because we want justice and peace for Carol and her family, and to keep Carol’s spirit alive,” said one of Reiff’s coworkers and an event organizer, Nicole Lewman . “I feel like the day was blessed and Carol was there and it really was perfect.”
The event ended with a release of dozens of purple balloons.
Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and Gloucester Township Police Department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Reiff’s death. Her body was found in a wooded area near the Lakeview Apartments on Lower Landing Road on June 24, 2013. Reiff’s cause of death remains undetermined, but the Prosecutor’s Office is treating the investigation as a homicide case. The 59-year-old Reiff was last heard from the night of June 20, 2013. The case is an active investigation and investigators continue to pursue leads.
A $20,000 reward is still available for information leading to resolution in the case. Tipsters are eligible to receive $10,000 if an arrest is made, and an additional $10,000 if the person is convicted.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CCPO Detective Chuck Farrell at (856) 225-8500 or
Gloucester Twp. Police Detective Bill Westphal at (856) 228-4500. Anonymous tips are accepted by the Citizens Crime Commission: (215) 546-TIPS or the GTPD Anonymous Crime Tip Line: 856-842-5560.
Information may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or texted to CCTIP.