mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – Investigators are trying to determine how a man died after he was found in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Route 9 in Howell, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The Howell Township Police Department responded to a 911 call at 1:31 p.m. today reporting a man lying on the ground in The Home Depot Plaza parking lot at the corner of Route 9 South and West Farms Road in Howell. Weldon Spaulding Jr., 61, of Tinton Falls, was pronounced deceased at the scene. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Saturday to determine a cause and manner of death.

The joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Howell Township Police Department is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Andrea Tozzi of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Rob Ortenzi of the Howell Township Police Department at 732-620-4280.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.  Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.