New Jersey authorities announced earlier this week that a tip from a Facebook
user led them to arrest a man for the November 2010 murder of a 55-year-old
Union Township woman.
He's being charged with
homicide and is being held in jail in lieu of a $1 million bail.
Police said their 17-month investigation of the stabbing death of the woman
had failed to turn up a suspect in the case.
But a Massachusetts woman recently gave law enforcement officials a tip
about a man she said she'd been in contact with on Facebook.
According to police, the Massachusetts woman's tip led them to a 26-year-old
New Jersey man, described as a drifter.
The man's mother lived across the street from the murdered woman's house.
The Massachusetts woman said she'd been in contact with the suspect
on Facebook when she learned about the murder case. She then reportedly
elicited information about the case from him, which she then turned over
The suspect was arrested this past weekend about 25 miles south of Englewood.
Law enforcement authorities claim the man left behind at the murder scene
forensic evidence linking him to the crime.
According to a report by CBS New York, the murdered woman had apparently
been having work done at her home at the time of the killing, but police
didn't say if the suspect was linked to that renovation project.
Police say they don't know of a motive for the killing.
"Prosecutor: N.J. Cold Case Killing Cracked After Tip From Massachusetts
Woman," April 9, 2012