Body Found in Newark Sparks Homicide Investigation in Essex County

According to a recent announcement made by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives from the Homicide Task Force are currently conducting an investigation in connection with a dead body just discovered in Newark, New Jersey.

Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray made a statement to the public after police began their investigation on Saturday, March 8th at approximately 8 a.m., when the body of a white male believed to be between 50 and 60-years old was found in close proximity to the Passaic River in Newark.

The Homicide Task Force’s chief of detectives, Anthony Ambrose, said they are still in the process of identifying the man and the circumstances surrounding his death. According to Ambrose, he did not display any visible trauma; however, there will be an autopsy of his body on Sunday, March 9th. If it is ultimately determined that the he was the victim of a homicide, we can expect detectives’ continued probing in order to identify a suspect in the case.

A suspect who is charged and convicted of homicide in New Jersey is subject to extremely severe penalties under statute N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3. In fact, although it is classified as a first degree offense, which is the most serious of crimes in the state, homicide is governed byextended sentencing guidelines. While crimes of the first degree are typically punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, those for murder are punishable by a prison sentence of 30 years to life, with a minimum 30-year period of parole ineligibility.

Pending the results of the autopsy, further reports from law enforcement will likely emerge in the near future.

For more information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Authorities investigate body found on knoll near Passaic River in Newark