Internet Figure Charged In Clark Murder

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Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (Photo released by Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (Photo released by Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

CLARK — The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the homicide of township resident Joseph Galfy, Jr. on May 12.

Currently, the whereabouts of the suspect, Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, are unknown. McGillvary is homeless but considers himself “homefree”, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

McGillvary is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus.

The suspect is an Internet celebrity and is well known on Facebook and YouTube as “ Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker.” Authorities believe that McGillvary relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation.

Galfy was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13 after officers went to check on his welfare. An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Romankow.

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (Photo released by Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (Photo released by Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

Based on the investigation, authorities know that McGillvary has cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance, and was last seen at a light rail station in Haddonfield area, said Romankow.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous. Union Count Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Caleb Lawrence McGillvary. All tips are kept anonymous and may be called into 908-654-TIPS (8477), www.uctip.org, or text UCTIP plus a message 274637.

The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state, and federal officials to locate McGillvary. He is charged with murder in Union County and bail has been set at $3 million by Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.

These criminal charges are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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