Elizabeth Man’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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ELIZABETH — An autopsy performed on a 72-year-old man found dead inside his home on Tuesday morning have revealed that he was the victim of a homicide, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. announced yesterday. The autopsy results were released Wednesday afternoon and show that the victim suffered from stab-like wounds.

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the death of Charles Panchery who was found in the kitchen of his home on the 600 block Green Street in Elizabeth. Police were called around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, said Cernadas.

This is the county’s 34th homicide for 2011 and the 16th in the City of Elizabeth. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, but the Task Force was continuing to examine evidence and conduct interviews.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the death of Panchery to contact Union County Crimestoppers at 1-908-654-TIPS or www.uctip.org. Information that leads to an arrest and indictment is eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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