Pleasantville man charged with murder of woman whose remains were found behind Shore Mall

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A Pleasantville man was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday, Aug. 5 in connection with the death of a woman whose remains were found by a hunter in a wooded area of Egg Harbor Township seven months ago, Atlantic County Acting Prosecutor Jim McLain said.

 Steven Stallworth, 27, was arrested at the conclusion of a joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Egg Harbor Township Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to his arrest at a residence at the 600 block of Noah’s Landing apartment complex in Pleasantville at approximately 9:40 a.m.

 Stallworth has been charged with murder, a crime of the first degree and desecration of human remains, a crime of the second degree. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury set bail at $2 million full cash.

 On Sunday, Jan. 5, a hunter found the remains in the woods behind Harbor Square, formerly called the Shore Mall. The site was near Broadway Avenue. The hunter, who is a municipal police officer in Atlantic County, immediately notified authorities and reported the discovery.

 The remains, recovered in an advance state of decomposition, were collected by the New Jersey State Medical Examiners Office. The victim, Tara Rogers Alicea, 30, of Monroeville was identified within days of her body’s recovery from photographs of tattoos that were released to the public as part of the investigation. Detectives subsequently confirmed the identification based upon fingerprint analysis.

 The medical examiner’s office, in consultation with a State Medical Anthropologist, determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation by strangulation and ruled her death a homicide.

 Pleasantville Police Department assisted in the arrest of Stallworth.

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