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Public’s Help Needed to Help Solve 1982 Homicide in Madison


It soon will be 35 years since James Wescoe was found murdered at the Madison train station. The passage of time has not lessened the desire of law enforcement authorities to solve this crime.


Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen are calling on the public to provide any assistance it can to solve Wescoe’s murder.


According to authorities, on October 21, 1982, at about 3:14 a.m., a Conrail train employee called police to report a person lying on the station’s upper eastbound train platform. 

Upon the arrival, a deceased male was found in the platform area.  The male was later identified as James Wescoe, 34, of New Providence. It was subsequently determined that he died as a result of a homicide.   


The investigation found that Wescoe had been at the Park Tavern in Madison ‪at about 12:30 a.m. on October 21.‬ He was last seen alive at approximately ‪12:50 a.m.‬ that day in the area of Lincoln Place.


‪As the 35th anniversary of Wescoe’s homicide approaches, law enforcement remains committed to solving this case and providing answers regarding the death of this victim.‬


Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Madison Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office-Major Crimes Unit have continued to make efforts to solve this crime.  Through those continued investigative efforts, and with the use of technological and forensic advances, law enforcement remains confident this homicide can be solved.     


“Although this case is 35-years-old, we are just as eager to solve this case as our predecessors were in 1982,” Chief Dachisen said. “We owe it to the victim and his family to continue the investigation and take a fresh look.”


If anyone has any information that they believe can aid investigators in this matter, they are asked to call Madison Police Sgt. Paul Kosakowski at ‪973-593-3007‬, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office-Major Crimes Unit at ‪973-285-6200‬, or CrimeStoppers at 973-Cop-Call.