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Searching for Amy Eskuchen

$18,876 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 290 people in 7 months
Created November 2, 2018
NOVEMBER 2, 2018 All funds collected will go directly to the expenses incurred for Amy's recovery. Any remaining funds will go towards a scholarship in Amy's name. THE REASON The equipment needed for the search is extremely costly to rent. Amy's family has rented a helicopter and will continue to do so as needed to supplement the searches the authorities are making for as long as they can until Amy is found. However, at $450/hour this is a huge financial burden, one that no one ever would have planned for. Daily searches have been conducted by family and friends.  As it is unknown how long it will take for Amy to appear or where that will be there is a need for additional help to supplement the searches that the authorities are making.  The family has planned a more organized search this Saturday and Sunday. We are in the process of helping Amy's family secure help via boat, helicopter and/or drone. If you have access to any of these and are available please let us know. Any help would be greatly appreciated. There are paths to walk along each side of the Canal. Using binoculars is recommended. The D&C Canal is a man made, rock lined shipping canal between the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay, 50 feet deep at the center, 35 feet deep along the edges. The bridge is approx 5 miles from the Delaware River. There is a nearby public boat ramp. Many, many people have asked how they can help financially since they are unable to physically help in the search. I am sharing this with the hope that the family will have the assistance they need to find Amy and gain closure.  Those of you who know me and/or Amy know that she was a dear friend of my daughter's and like another daughter to me. AMY'S STORY It's an old cliche, but it fits. To know Amy was to love Amy.  Happy, bubbly, always smiling and laughing, full of life, willing to help a friend or a stranger is how everyone describes Amy. Since she was little, Amy was always a polite, warm, caring and loving sweet girl with an empathetic nature. She was very bright and loved to keep herself balanced by getting involved in yoga, rock climbing, camping, hiking  and doing just about anything in the outdoors. She loved volunteering and becoming involved in group activities as well as spending valuable one-on-one time with her family and friends. In high school Amy was extremely active.  She was in the top of her class. She completed many AP classes and was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Physics Olympics, the Debate Club and the Future Educators of America.  She played volleyball and was a member of the drama and art clubs. She was very active on the Homecoming Committee and always had the most creative posters. She was involved in Interact, a service organization, and was a founding member of the FOR Club - Friends of Rachel, which is a group that encourages random acts of kindness within the school. She was adored by her teachers and advisors. Outside of school she was very active in the rock climbing community and was a member at Elite Climbing and also did work with Habitat for Humanity. Amy went on to attend Widener University as a psychology major and was currently in her final year of the PT graduate program with a 3.92 GPA. Through her graduate work she had spear headed a program for the elderly that would provide a well rounded approach to health care, encompassing both the mental and physical aspects for the geriatric patients. A fantastic article at Widener was written about her efforts just this past June, in which the program was detailed and credited Amy with not only initiating the program, but setting it up so that future classes could keep it going. She was quoted as saying how important it is to address both the mental and physical health of patients in order to provide adequate care. In August Amy volunteered for a month at a hospital in Mexico in the physical therapy department. Also this past summer, Amy participated in the Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention event whose mission statement is to change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life. Within this last month Amy seemed to be reaching out for help herself. Help was provided but sadly it was not enough to save her. Our sweet Amy took her own life last Friday at the William Roth Bridge on Route 1 in Delaware and has yet to be found.  Daily searches of some sort will continue until Amy comes home. Thank you for the outpouring of love, support and prayers.
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Obituary and Tribute Video
Amy Grace Eskuchen

Jun 26, 1995 - Oct 26, 2018

Amy Grace Eskuchen, a lifelong resident of Cinnaminson, passed away on October 26, 2018. Sadly the disease of Mental Illness caused Amy to take her own life. She was twenty-three years old. 
Amy graduated Cinnaminson High School, class of 2013. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Widener University. She was working towards acheiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Through her graduate work she spear headed a program for the elderly that provided a well rounded approach to health care, encompassing both the mental and physical aspects for the geriatric patients. 

Amy was the beloved daughter of Thomas and Eileen Eskuchen, and the late Carole (Spadaccino) Eskuchen. Loving sister to her triplet brothers, Matthew A. and Thomas L. Eskuchen. Step sister to Derek Thomas and his wife Kellie. Aunt to Owen Thomas. Loving girlfriend of 5 years to Bret Gordon. Amy is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss her dearly. She leaves behind many cherished friends and colleagues. 

Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, November 17th, from 9 am - 11:45 am at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 2500 Branch Pike, Cinnaminson. Her Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 pm, followed by interment in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. In lieu of flowers, donations in Amy’s memory may be made to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) or the GoFundMe for a scholarship in Amy's name at Widener University.

Gathering of Family and Friends

NOV 17. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

St. Charles Borromeo Church

2500 Branch Pike & Pomona Road
Cinnaminson, NJ, US, 08077

Mass

NOV 17. 12:00 PM

St. Charles Borromeo Church

2500 Branch Pike & Pomona Road
Cinnaminson, NJ, US, 08077

Cemetery Details

Lakeview Memorial Park

1300 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ, US, 08077


Tribute Video in memory of Amy Grace Eskuchen:

https://www.givnish.com/m/obituaries/Amy-Eskuchen/media/viewer/LTVideo/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001
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Arrangements for Amy are as follows:

Saturday, November 17th

Pay Your Respects 9:00am - 11:45am
and
Mass 12:00 pm

St Charles Borromeo Church
Branch Pike & Pomona Road
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Burial
Lakeview Cemetery
1300 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Luncheon
The Merion
1700 Wynwood Drive
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
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Great news tonight...our prayers have been answered! Amy was found by the Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company who was out searching in their fire boat today.

Arrangements will be posted once they are made.

On behalf of the Ekuchen family I again thank you for sharing this page as well as the flood of prayers, loving and supportive messages and aid you provided.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Eskuchen family would like to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the outpouring of love and support they have received. The response to Amy's story, through prayer, donation and aid in the search effort, has been incredible.

On Saturday, November 3rd, a break was taken from the search and a flower vigil was held beneath the William Roth Bridge in memory of Amy. Flowers were passed out to those in attendance. At 1:08 PM, the time she jumped from above on October 26th, a moment of silence was held for Amy. Family members then spoke, expressing loving memories of Amy as well as their gratitude for the abundance of love and support they have received. "Beautiful Addition", a moving song written and recorded by Jadon Plett, husband of Amy's best friend Trisha for whom Amy had been Maid of Honor one year ago, was played while everyone bowed their heads in silence. Shortly afterwards, one by one, everyone made their way to the edge of the canal to toss their flowers into the canal in honor of Amy. After expressing sympathy to the family, the crowd then dispersed to continue the search for the remainder of the day.

On Monday Amy's friends at Elite Climbing held a memorial gathering to exchange fond memories of her and to support her family. Likewise, another was held at Widener University on Wednesday. Students shared with Amy's family how she had impacted their lives.

Search efforts have continued every day. Due to the generosity of so many, the family was able to acquire a helicopter for these last two days. Unfortunately, Amy has yet to be found, but the search by family and friends will not stop until she is recovered.

A Facebook group has been created for anyone interested in following the recovery efforts. It's purpose is to give updates as well as to post dates and times of planned organized searches:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2088070234571555/

Any continued help with the search, even for just for a short time, would be greatly appreciated. The GPS address to a location to get started is: St.Georges Trailhead- Mike Castle Trail, New Castle, DE 19720. This will bring you to a parking lot where you may park. Mike Castle Trail, easily seen from the parking lot, is a paved path along this north side of the canal. The public may bike or walk the trail to search along the rocky banks of the canal. The recommended distance to search is up to 2 miles east (towards the Delaware River) and 2 miles west (towards the Chesapeake Bay) of the Willam Roth Bridge. The Roth Bridge is a short walk west of the parking lot. On the opposite side of the canal is a gravel road, South Canal Road, which is accessible from the first exit off of Route 1 South after crossing the bridge. South Canal Road may be driven or walked. Again, the recommended distance to search is 2 miles east and west of the Roth Bridge.

Please continue to pray for Amy's family and her boyfriend, Bret, that the search successfully becomes a recovery very soon and they may have closure. Please also continue to share this page as search costs continue to rise. Any funds not used through the recovery effort will be used for a scholarship in Amy's name. We will not stop searching until Amy is home. Again - many, many thanks for all your help, support and generosity!
In loving memory of Amy
Tossing flowers into the canal for Amy
Written/recorded by friend, Jadon Plett
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