Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief William Craig of the Jefferson Township Police Department are seeking information from the public concerning an incident that occurred on the early morning of September 19, 2015 in Jefferson Township.
On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at approximately 4 a.m., a passerby reported observing a person lying in the roadway of Route 15 North, near Edison Road in Jefferson Township.
Members of the Jefferson Township Police Department responded and found an injured male, later identified as Michael Adams, 24, who appeared to have been struck by an unknown vehicle. It is believed that Michael was struck between 3 and 4 a.m.
Michael was transported to St. Clare's Dover Campus and was later pronounced as deceased at the hospital.
Michael was a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township and a graduate of Pope John XXIII High School. He also attended Montclair State University.
Michael was a driver for High Grade Beverage and a part-time cook at Mason Street Pub. He also served in the United States Army Reserves.
A joint investigation by the Jefferson Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is currently ongoing and active.
Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying anyone who may have knowledge of this incident and/or the circumstances leading to Michael Adams’ death.
The family of Michael Adams has offered a $20,0000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for his death. The Jefferson Township Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.
Any person with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.