By: Richard L. Smith
Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald announced the arrest of Mr. Andrew Mumby, 47, of New Brunswick.Mumby's arrest is in connection with the death of 46-year-old Franklin Township resident Artis Young, which occurred on December 29, 2023.
A second suspect, Daniel Matthews, remains at large, intensifying the search efforts by law enforcement.
The Franklin Township Police Department initiated a missing person investigation on December 30, 2023, after receiving a report concerning the disappearance of Artis Young, who was last seen the day before.
The investigation took a grim turn when an unidentified male was discovered deceased in Brooklyn, New York, in the early hours of December 30.
Authorities later identified the victim as Artis Young, leading to the involvement of the New York Police Department and the declaration of Young's death as a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner's Office.
The investigation revealed that Mumby and Matthews were implicated in Young's death, with allegations suggesting that they transported Young's remains to Brooklyn, where he was subsequently found.On February 7, 2024, Mumby was apprehended in New Brunswick without incident. He faces charges including 1st-degree Murder and 2nd-degree Disturbing or Desecrating Human Remains, among others, and was lodged in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Daniel Matthews, 44, of Brooklyn, New York, has been charged similarly but eludes capture. With connections to Franklin Township and parts of New York, authorities are actively seeking information from the public to aid in his apprehension.
The collaborative efforts between local law enforcement, the New York Police Department, and the FBI underscore the determination to seek justice for Artis Young.
Prosecutor McDonald extended his gratitude to all agencies involved for their assistance in this ongoing investigation as the community seeks closure in this tragic case.