Authorities seek assistance in investigation of a torso discovered in Elizabeth waters

A torso recovered in Elizabeth Tuesday has prompted a homicide investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced today.

On Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m., Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to South Front Street on the waterfront and located a Caucasian male torso floating in the area where the Arthur Kill and Elizabeth River converge.  The body was recovered and transported to the Union County Medical Examiner’s Office, who subsequently determined the unidentified male’s manner of death to be homicide. 

The investigation is being jointly led by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Filipe Afonso at 908-603-7116, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kenneth Luongo at (908-347-1935) or Elizabeth Police Department Detective James Szpond at 908-558-2041.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.