NEW BRUNSWICK — A Pennsylvania man was arrested this morning and charged with murdering a Brooklyn, N.Y. man, whose remains were found in a wooded section of Edison in 2010, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan announced.
Anthony Byrd, 35 of Lancaster, Pa., was arrested at his home at 7:40 a.m. today and was charged with the murder of Jubar R. “Esco” Croswell, 30.
During a lengthy investigation, Detective Jeff Tierney of the Edison Police Department and Sgt. Paul Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, were able to identify the victim’s remains, which were discovered on Sept. 23, 2010 in a wooded area, near the Oakwood Plaza shopping center on Wood Avenue in Edison.
Tierney and Miller eventually identified Byrd as the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, officials said.
Kaplan offered thanks to members of the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team, which arrested Byrd.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz, sitting in New Brunswick, set bail at $3 million and said the defendant must post the full amount, rather than 10 percent, before he can be released from custody.
Byrd is being held in Pennsylvania. It was not immediately determined when he will be returned to New Jersey.
The investigation began when a man, whose identity was not released, contacted authorities after discovering the victim’s remains. Investigators subsequently determined that Croswell, who worked as a male model, was killed on Aug. 13, 2010.
An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that the victim suffered an undetermined violent death, and that the manner of death was a homicide.
Officials are asking anyone with information to call Detective Tierney of the Edison Police Department at 1-732-248-7578, or Sgt. Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4466.
As with all criminal cases, the charges against Byrd are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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