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Female Remains Found in EHT are Identified

Tattoo on the wrist of woman found in a suitcase behind a mall in Egg Harbor Township
Tattoo on the wrist of woman found in a suitcase behind a mall in Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County Prosecutors Office)

After releasing images of several tattoos, the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office has identified the woman who’s remains were found in Egg Harbor Township Sunday. The victim is 30-year-old Tara Rogers Alicea of Monroeville, New Jersey. A press release by Acting Prosecutor James McClain said she was initially identified by the tattoos and a fingerprint analysis confirmed it. A DNA analysis is also in progress on the badly decomposed remains.

The Atlantic County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Alicea’s death was caused by asphyxiation with strangulation and ruled her death a homicide. Her next of kin have been notified.

McClain said the homicide is being investigated by the Atlantic county Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit in Conjunction with the Egg Harbor Township Police Department.

McClain, a hunter who’s also a police officer stumbled across her body parts around 1:30 pm Sunday in a cluster of trees behind the Shore Mall near Broadway Avenue.

Anyone who has any information pertaining to this case or has noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the Shore Mall is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.

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