Victims found dismembered in Linden, NJ, identified

April 7, 2010 2:23:11 PM PDT
The two victims found inside bags on a Linden, N.J. street on Monday morning have been identified, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and Hudson County Prosecutor Edward De Fazio. The dismembered bodies of 49-year-old Lazaro Calero and 47-year-old Maria Torres were discovered around 9:49 a.m. Monday by a Linden sanitation worker and a member of the Linden Police Department. They were called to the corner of Cranford and Essex avenues by a neighbor reporting illegally dumped trash.

When the sanitation worker opened a bag, a severed body part was clearly visible, said Romankow. The remains were taken to the county medical examiner's office where an autopsy was performed.

Torres had a last known address on 4th Street in Union City, Hudson County. It appears that Calero rented a room at the same address.

Notifications to both families were completed on late Wednesday, said Romankow.

It remains unclear why the remains were discarded in Union County.

This remains an active investigation and police are pursuing a number of leads and continue to take statements from people in both Hudson and Union Counties.

Anyone with information relating to this case is urged to call Union County Crime Stoppers at (908) 527-4621. All calls are kept anonymous and confidential.