According to authorities, the victim is a 50-year-old homeless man who was living in an encampment in the woods of Dover, New Jersey. The victim’s friend is said to have found his body in the encampment.
After discovering the body, the victim’s friend notified local law enforcement. Dover NJ police officers went to the scene, but there was nothing they could do to revive the victim.
Although Dover police do not believe that the victim’s death was suspicious or the result of a homicide, they are still conducting an investigation and attempting to figure out exactly what happened. As part of that investigation, coroners with the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy on the body.
If law enforcement eventually determines that the victim was, in fact, murdered, the person responsible would likely face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, murder is a first degree felony and carries a potential punishment of life imprisonment.
For additional information about this investigation, check out the NJ.com article, “Body of Homeless Man Found in Dover.”