An Edison Man has been charged with murder in connection with a body discovered in Atlantic Highlands last Friday.

Jordan J. Vilcatoma-Correjo, 28, of Edison Township is charged with first-degree Murder and second-degree Desecration of Human Remains in connection with the death of his former girlfriend Sonia Gonzales, also of Edison. 

The Middlesex County man was criminally charged last week with having the woman’s body in a vehicle in Atlantic Highlands.

Shortly before 7:45 a.m. last Friday, June 10, members of the Atlantic Highlands Police Department were called to Asbury Avenue between Navesink and Grand Avenues where they located a Honda Accord that contained the body of the deceased woman. Vilcatoma-Correjo was also located at the scene and immediately taken into custody.

The charges being announced today are the result of a collaborative investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic Highlands Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Edison Police Department, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

Vilcatoma-Correjo remains incarcerated at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute (MCCI) pending a detention hearing before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux which is expected late next week.

“We hope that the first-degree murder charge announced today offers some small measure of solace to Sonia Gonzalez’s loved ones,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “This has been a rapidly unfolding investigation involving many moving parts that nonetheless swiftly produced stellar results, due in large measure to the collaboration with our investigative partners, for whom we are sincerely grateful.”

Anyone with information about this matter is still being asked to contact MCPO Detective Thomas Manzo at 800-533-7443 or Atlantic Highlands Police Department Detective Lieutenant Michael Zudonyi at 732-291-1212.

This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau. Vilcatoma-Correjo is being represented by Rodrigo H. Sanchez, Esq., with an office in Elizabeth.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...