Monmouth Authorities Continue to Search for Suspect who Murdered Neptune Township 19-Year-Old Man in 2016

FREEHOLD – It is has been three years since a Bradley Beach man was shot while sitting in his vehicle in Neptune Township and authorities from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Neptune Township Police are still urging anyone with information to come forward, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Monmouth County authorities said, on February 8, 2016, the Neptune Township Police Department responded to 1306 7th Avenue, Neptune Township on a report of a shooting.

Officers found Andre Thorne, 19, of Bradley Beach, in the driver’s seat of a 2002 red Dodge Neon suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Authorities say Thorne was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he would later be pronounced deceased, less than a month shy of his 20th birthday. It was discovered that Thorne was sitting in the car with two others at the time of the shooting.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Neptune Township Police Department is still active and ongoing but, despite significant effort, has been unable to identify the person or persons responsible for the shooting of Thorne according to authorities.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Andrea Tozzi 1-800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Detective Eric Chunn 732-988-5200.

Individuals who feel the need to remain anonymous, but who may have information relevant to this investigation can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any suspect in the murder of Andre Thorne.