Body found in NJ ID'd, 4 arrested

September 4, 2009 8:59:46 PM PDT
The body of a woman found in Mansfield, New Jersey has been identified and four people have been arrested in her death.The woman was identified as Lyudmila Burshteyn, 57, of Larkspur Street in Philadelphia. Police say she failed to appear for a lunch date with a friend in the city on Wednesday. The friend filed a missing persons report after several failed attempts to contact Burshteyn.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday police were called to a narrow dirt road that leads through a wooded area to a field of crops in Mansfield Township after Burshteyn's body was discovered. Her cause of death is not being disclosed.

In the early morning hours of September 3rd, police pulled over Burshteyn's 2009 Nissan Murano in Summerton, South Carolina.

Four of the people inside the car have been charged with murder in Burshteyn's killing:

Marcus S. White, age 18, of 7901 Henry Ave., Apt. E108, Philadelphia, Pa.
Damion D. Williams, age 27, of 922 Masher Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
Robby R. Willis, age 26, of 5133 Marion Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
A 17-year-old teenager whose name is not being released.

Police say three handguns and what appear to be blood stains were inside the Nissan.

According to investigators an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were also in the car. The 18-year-old, along with the four murder suspects, will be charged for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and for illegally carrying firearms. There is no word on if the 16-year-old will face any charges.

Those charged in Burshteyn's death will be extradited to New Jersey to face murder charges.

Authorities cannot say with certainty if Burshteyn was carjacked or how exactly she came into contact with her killers.

The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the Mansfield Police Department. Anybody with information is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113


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