Perth Amboy Man Charged With Killing His Wife

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PERTH AMBOY—A Perth Amboy man has been charged with killing his wife, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Deputy Chief E. J. McDonald of the Perth Amboy Police Department.

Leonilda L. Caceres of Madison Avenue, Perth Amboy, was attacked in her second-floor apartment, possibly on Jan. 19, and was taken to Woodbridge, Va., where her body was discovered in a trash can on Jan. 21, authorities said.

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An autopsy performed by authorities in Virginia revealed that Caceres was the victim of a homicide and died from blunt force trauma to her head, according to authorities.

An investigation by Detective Ralph Pineiro of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Investigator Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office subsequently led to the arrest of the victim’s husband, Franklin Camacho Jr., 40, authorities said.

Mr. Camacho was charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose after he was apprehended by New Jersey State Police on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to authorities.

At the request of Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil Casey, Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa set bail today at $2 million for Camacho during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

The defendant remains in custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, authorities said.

The investigation began after a missing persons report was filed on Ms. Caceres, according to authorities. After obtaining a search warrant, police examined the victim’s apartment.

As a result of the investigation, police determined that Camacho had driven to Virginia, and was heading back to New Jersey. State Police were notified and stopped Camacho on the turnpike at Exit 6 in Hamilton, shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 21.

Authorities in Prince William County, Va. contacted Middlesex County investigators, reporting that the body of a woman, matching the description of Ms. Caceres, was recovered at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 21.

Kaplan and 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.


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