Police Make Arrest In 20-Year-Old Murder Case

EDISON – Police have arrested a New Brunswick man on charges of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old female in an Edison motel nearly 20 years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Edison Police Chief Thomas J. Bryan announced today.

Steven Parkey Jr., 40, of New Brunswick has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the death Oct. 3, 1990, of Nikki Adams, 15, of New Brunswick.


Parkey was arrested on Aug. 25, following an investigation by Detective John A. Canavera of the Edison Police Department and Investigator Michael Daniewicz and Sgt. Eleazar Ricardo, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Edison Police were alerted to the homicide at about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 3, 1990, after a cleaning person discovered the victim in a room at the motel, then known as the Colonial Motel on Route 1 in Edison.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy showed Adams died from multiple stab wounds.

Parkey, who was a resident of Highland Park at the time of the homicide, was being held on $2 million bail, set by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz, who stipulated the defendant must post the full amount before he can be released from custody.

Kaplan said members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office routinely review cases where no arrests have been made, and said such a review led to the arrest of Parkey. Kaplan also commended Detective Canavera, Investigator Daniewicz and Sgt. Ricardo for their work.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the case, or who knows Parkey, to call Detective Canavera of the Edison Police Department at 1-732-248-7528, or Investigator Daniewicz at 1-732- 745-4018, or Sgt. Ricardo at 1-732-745-8893.

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