Man charged with ex-girlfriend's death

April 5, 2008 8:15:29 PM PDT
A Staten Island man is charged in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend. The body of 19-year-old Jessica Tush was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday morning in Bass River Township, about 15 miles north of Atlantic City.

New Jersey State Police say 19-year-old Thomas Paolino has been charged with desecration of human remains. He's been held in New York since Thursday.

Tush's death has been classified as a homicide.

Her mother tells The Press of Atlantic City that a friend of Jessica's said she left her job at a shopping mall on Staten Island at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Dina Tush says her daughter and Paolino broke up a few days before Jessica disappeared.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,