Police Release Identities Of Murder Victims

UNION COUNTY — Authorities have released the names of the two victims whose bodies were found in bags on a Linden  street Monday morning.

The dismembered bodies of Lazaro Calero, 49,  and Maria Torres, 48, were discovered around 9:49 a.m. Monday by a Linden sanitation worker and a member of the Linden Police Department. They were called to the corner of Cranford Ave and Essex Avenue by a neighbor reporting illegally dumped trash. When the sanitation worker opened a bag, a severed body part was clearly visible, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow .


The remains were taken to the county medical examiner’s office where an autopsy was performed.

Torres had a last known address on 4th Street in Union City, Hudson County. It appears that Calero rented a room at the same address, according to a statement by Romankow and Hudson County Prosecutor Edward De Fazio.

Notifications to both families were completed on late Wednesday, said Romankow.

It remains unclear why the remains were discarded in Union County, said Romankow.

This remains an active investigation and police are pursuing a number of leads and continue to take statements from people in both Hudson and Union Counties.

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