Camden County Man Charged with Homicide, Kidnapping Pine Hills Man

A Camden man has been charged after detectives located the body of a Pine Hill man who was reported missing late Saturday, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden Police Chief Joseph Wysocki.

Officials say Mr. Michael Branon, 32, of Camden, has been charged with one count of first-degree Felony Murder in the homicide of Pedro Fernandez, 30, of Pine Hill.

According to a statement released Camden County official police responded to a report of a possible kidnapping on the 1500 block of Pershing Street just after 11 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw Fernandez being forced into a black pickup truck before an unidentified man drove off.

Officials say around 1 a.m. on June 28, officers pulled over a truck matching the description of the vehicle used in the kidnapping and identified Branon as the driver.

Detectives located Fernandez’s body around 2 p.m. Sunday in an alleyway off the 400 block of Marlton Ave. in Camden.

An investigation showed he had been fatally shot multiple times.

Branon was taken to the Camden County Jail and is awaiting a pretrial detention hearing.