Union Township homicide under investigation

A homicide that took place in Union Township is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Matthew Murrell of Maplewood.

Police responded to a home on the 800 block of Salem Road in Union shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday to find the body of Murrell in the yard. He was pronounced dead a short while later.

A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Union Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s Identification Unit remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Rudolfo Correia at 908-418-5800. 

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at