MAYS LANDING- The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office saw a 94% rate of cleared homicides in 2018 and a 45% cleared homicide rate in 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
In 2017, Atlantic County saw 22 homicides and 10 of those cases have been cleared and in 2018, there were 16 homicides and 15 have been cleared.
“I am excited to commend our Major Crimes Unit, our law enforcement partners, and most of all, the community at large for solving nearly every homicide that occurred in 2018. A variety of factors contribute to solving a homicide, not the least of which is the community’s assistance. The ability to solve these cases within the calendar year that they occurred frees up resources for the office to pursue leads on older cases. While 15 out of 16 cases solved represents a monumental effort combined with luck, we are not lost on the fact that we are still pursuing that lone open case that is still under investigation,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Prosecutor Tyner said solving homicide cases is critical to giving our residents the comfort and peace of mind that when the most heinous of crimes is committed, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office will find those responsible with dogged perseverance.
“The high solve numbers are a reflection of the dedicated team in MCU as well as all of those that support that goal, including High-Tech Crimes Unit, Intelligence Unit, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, and our municipal partners,” ACPO Chief of County Detectives Daren Dooley said.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.