Death investigation underway after body found in New Jersey

HOWELL, New Jersey (WABC) -- Officials are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in New Jersey.

The Monmouth County Prosecutors Office responded to the scene along Hurley Pond Road just after 4 a.m. Friday.

The incident was initially investigated as a fatal hit-and-run, but the investigation has led police in a different direction.

"Suspicious deaths get treated like a homicide, we haven't labeled it a homicide, but we'll treat it as one so that we can find out what happened -- someone died so we need to know why," said Charles Webster with the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor.

The victim is believed to be in his 20s or 30s and showed signs of severe head trauma.

Authorities say there is not a larger danger to the community and they believe the death is an isolated incident.

An exhaustive search for evidence was conducted, including dive teams searching nearby bodies of water.

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