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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: January 21, 2010







Perth Amboy man charged in homicide



†††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Deputy Chief E. J. McDonald of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced the arrest today of a city man on a charge of murdering a woman whose body was dumped in Virginia.


††††††††† Franklin Camacho Jr. (DOB 4/26/69) of Perth Amboy was arrested by the New Jersey State Police this morning and was charged later in the day with the murder of the woman, whose name and age are being withheld pending notification of her next of kin.


The woman, who was known to Camacho, was the victim of a homicide. The results of an autopsy performed today by authorities in Virginia were not immediately available.


An investigation by Detective Ralph Pineiro of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Investigator Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Camacho struck the woman at an undisclosed location in Perth Amboy. Preliminary indications are that the attack occurred sometime on January 19, 2010.


A missing persons report subsequently was filed when the victim could not be located. Police later obtained a search warrant and examined the scene of the attack.


Investigators also determined that Camacho had driven to Virginia and was heading back to New Jersey. State Police were notified and they stopped Camacho on the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 6 in Hamilton, N.J. shortly before 6 a.m. today.


Authorities in Prince William County, Va. subsequently contacted Middlesex County investigators, reporting that the body of a woman, matching a description of the victim from Perth Amboy, was recovered from a trash can in the parking lot of a shopping center in Woodbridge, Va.


Camacho is being held without bail. A court hearing date has not yet been scheduled.


Prosecutor Kaplan and Deputy Chief McDonald praised the work of the investigating officers and thanked Trooper II C. Lzwandowski and Trooper B. Guinup, both of the New Jersey State Police, and Detective Todd Troutner of the Prince William County Police Violent Crime Unit for their assistance.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Camacho is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.