Arrest in murder of missing woman

April 22, 2008 4:48:29 PM PDT
Police in New Jersey have arrested a man linked to a woman's disappearance.

Authorities arrested Alex James Crow, 32, of Medford this morning. He was arrested where he works in Lumberton. Police say there were no incidents during his apprehension.

Crow faces murder charges in the death of 52-year-old Marianne DeMartin in what appears to have been a botched burglary.

DeMartin was a clothing store executive who left her wallet and her purse in her Marlton home when she disappeared back on September 23, 2005.

She was supposed to leave for a vacation two days later with her mother.

There were no signs of forced entry at her home.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said Crow knew the area where DeMartin lived and tried to get into several homes to steal car keys before finding that the sliding glass door to DeMartin's living room was ajar.

Authorities say Crow strangled DeMartin after she discovered him. He is accused of putting her body in the trunk of her car and dumping it in Schuylkill County, Pa.