The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue   Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow

April 7, 2010

Contact: John Holl
(908) 527-4621

Update on Linden Case
The two victims have been identified


The two victims found inside bags on a Linden, N.J. street on Monday morning have been identified, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and Hudson County Prosecutor Edward De Fazio.

The dismembered bodies of Lazaro Calero DOB: 11/2/1960 and Maria Torres DOB: 2/17/1962 were discovered around 9:49 a.m. Monday by a Linden sanitation worker and a member of the Linden Police Department. They were called to the corner of Cranford Ave and Essex Avenue by a neighbor reporting illegally dumped trash. When the sanitation worker opened a bag, a severed body part was clearly visible, said Romankow.

The remains were taken to the county medical examiner’s office where an autopsy was performed.

Torres had a last known address on 4th Street in Union City, Hudson County. It appears that Calero rented a room at the same address.

Notifications to both families were completed on late Wednesday, said Romankow.

It remains unclear why the remains were discarded in Union County, said Romankow.

This remains an active investigation and police are pursuing a number of leads and continue to take statements from people in both Hudson and Union Counties.