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Human Remains Found in Newark’s South Ward



By: Richard L. Smith 

Essex County authorities said that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the discovery of human remains found earlier Thursday in Newark. 

According to county officials, at around 2:45 p.m., Newark police received a report of human remains found in the 400 block of Elizabeth Avenue in Newark.

Arriving officers located the body under a bridge.

The area is referred to by business owners and residents as the ‘Gilgo Beach’  section of Newark due to several bodies being found in the brush yearly. 

Gilgo Beach is located on a barrier beach on the south shore of Long Island, with the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Bay frontage, where 11 sets of human remains were found in or near Ocean Parkway on Long Island since 2010. While most of the remains have been identified, some have yet to be.

Essex County officials said the body, officially pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m., is unidentified. Officials have not confirmed that the individual found was murdered at this time. 

The cause of death is pending an autopsy.  The investigation is active and ongoing.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

Calls will be kept confidential.