The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Egg Harbor Township Police Department are investigating the discovery of human remains found by a hunter in a wooded area, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
A hunter came across human remains in the woods behind the Shore Mall site near Broadway Avenue in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday (Jan. 5) at approximately 1:30 p.m. The hunter, who is a local police officer, immediately contacted authorities and reported the discovery.
The remains were collected by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, which is currently completing an autopsy. Due to the advanced stage of decomposition of the remains, a state medical anthropologist is also being consulted.
While the autopsy remains ongoing, the victim’s remains have been identified as female. The age and race of the victim have not yet been determined. Tattoos on the victim were also identified. Photos of the tattoos are above.The tattoos were located on the victim's right wrist and on the top of the right foot. Anyone who recognizes these tattoos is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.
The discovery of the remains is currently being investigated as a homicide by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Egg Harbor Township Police Department.
Additional information will be released when appropriate.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.
— News release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office