Discover New Jersey's 'Bermuda Triangle'

Round Valley Reservoir home to mystery
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2012 12:15 PM CDT
Updated Jun 9, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
Beneath Round Valley Reservoir, mystery.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! There is no need to travel all the way to the Florida/Bermuda/Puerto Rico area to dig into a triangular mystery. The Star-Ledger dives into the tale of the mysterious "Bermuda Triangle of New Jersey": the Round Valley Reservoir, whose 2,000 acres come stocked with trout and intrigue. A few dozen people have died there over the past four decades, and six remain missing. It's those missing bodies, which officials believe are slumbering in the 180-foot depths, that have fueled the legend, helped along by the fact that a skeletal foot was fished from the reservoir in May.

The Star-Ledger runs down the cases of the missing, from two men who never returned after setting out in a canoe in 1977 to a fisherman who, according to his rescued buddy, reportedly drowned in 1993. A submarine searched the lake in 2006, but turned up no remains. It's not yet known if the foot belongs to one of the missing. But a number of local fisherman pooh-pooh the idea of supernatural wind cycles and the like: According to one, the valley's bowl shape is what churns up winds of up to 40mph, which makes setting out in a boat smaller than 14 feet dangerous—especially considering the as-cold-as-50-degree water that greets any who capsize and slows decomposition, keeping bodies closer to the bottom. Click for more on the tale. (Read more Bermuda Triangle stories.)

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