Homicide investigation underway in Elizabeth

Authorities in Elizabeth are actively investigating the homicide of 32-year-old Newark woman Nohora Cely Agudelo, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Deputy Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Tuesday.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to the area of East Broad Street and North Broad Street during the early hours of Sunday, June 28 found Agudelo at that location, according to the preliminary investigation. She was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy performed Monday by the Union County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the cause of Agudelo’s death was blunt-force trauma, while the manner of death was a homicide.

This matter is under an active joint investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about Agudelo’s death is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492 or Detective Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873.

The Union County Crime Stoppers 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) or online at