According to prosecutors, the 40-year-old suspect killed his 32-year-old wife at the couple’s residence in Elizabeth NJ and then stuffed her body into a suitcase.
The suspect allegedly tried to hide the victim’s body in a vacant home located on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, New Jersey.
The day after the killing, the suspect reported the victim missing. The suspect reportedly told authorities that his wife had left the residence and walked to a local pharmacy the night before. Police then conducted a massive, citywide search for the victim.
The victim’s body was eventually found in the vacant home in Chatham Township.
The Union County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined that the victim’s cause of death was asphyxiation. Blunt force trauma was identified as a contributing factor in the death.
Meanwhile, the Elizabeth Police Department, the Union County Homicide Task Force, and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit conducted a joint investigation. Investigators eventually identified the husband as a suspect in the death.
Police then placed the suspect under arrest.
The suspect is currently being held in lieu of a massive $2 million bail amount.
For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Man Charged with Dumping Wife’s Body in Chatham Twp.”