Body found in suitcase in Egg Harbor Township

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January 6, 2014 3:14:01 PM PST
Authorities say a hunting party discovered a suitcase containing human remains in a wooded area of Atlantic County, New Jersey Sunday afternoon.

The suitcase was found at approximately 1:30 p.m. behind the Shore Mall site near Broadway Avenue in Egg Harbor Township.

One of the hunters, a local police officer, immediately contacted authorities to report the discovery.

Despite the advanced stage of decomposition, authorities were able to determine that the victim was female. Several tattoos on the victim were also identified.

The victim's age and race have not yet been determined.

The State Medical Examiner's Office collected the remains and is currently completing an autopsy. A State Medical Anthropologist is also being consulted.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Egg Harbor Township Police Department are currently investigating the incident as a homicide.

Anyone who has any information pertaining to this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.