Lawyer: Aunt’s video about NJ boy missing, then dead an ‘uncanny coincidence’
911 call of DJ Creato calling police about Brendan Creato's disappearance
The report, citing an unnamed source, says 20-year-old Sarah Jessica Creato testified before the grand jury Monday.
Authorities haven't publicly said if they consider Brendan's death suspicious, and no one has yet been charged in connection with his death. A preliminary autopsy proved inconclusive, and no cause of death has been announced.
Brendan was found near the bank of the Cooper River, a few blocks from his father DJ Creato's home.
DJ Creato's lawyer has said toxicology results performed on Brendan came back negative.
According to the NBC report, defense attorney Bill Brennan confirmed he is representing Brendan’s aunt and DJ’s sister Sarah Jessica Creato, along with her parents.
Death a mystery — clues but few answers
Reports emerged last month of witnesses saying the Brendan mysteriously went missing and died, an older man was seen with a baby carriage nearby.
It was one of several details in a report by PhillyVoice.com, which quoted Haddon Township resident Mark Hoover saying he'd seen an older white man wheeling a baby carriage toward Cooper River Park early in the morning of Oct. 13. Brendan Creato was reported missing by his father at around 6 a.m., and found dead in woods along nearby South Park Drive at around 9 a.m.
The report quoted Hoover saying the white man pushing the carriage wore a yellow sweater, tan pants and eyeglasses, and appeared to be at least 60. The man was reportedly out with the stroller before sunrise, and the carriage was covered with a blanket.
Camden County Prosecutor's Office Spokesman Andy McNeil told New Jersey 101.5 at the time he couldn't comment on the reports of a man with a stroller because of the ongoing investigation.
But he did briefly confirm other aspects of the report.
Brendan had reportedly been in his father’s care the night he went missing. In a 911 recording previously released by the prosecutor's office, his father, DJ Creato, is heard saying the doors to his home were locked. While DJ Creato was reportedly questioned by authorities, no one has been charged, and officials haven't said whether they suspect foul play. A preliminary autopsy proved inconclusive, authorities said.
McNeil told New Jersey 101.5 investigators are aware of two other details reported by PhillyVoice.com:
• The report quotes Tumblr posts by a person it describes as DJ Creato’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Julia “Julie” Spensky, in which she said she's learned she could be facing "criminal charges in a homicide investigation" and that "my boyfriend is in worse trouble than I am and can’t leave the state he’s in."
The Tumblr posts also reportedly discuss Spensky illegally working under the table for the family business that also employed DJ Creato, and claiming that it's actually affiliated with a man charged in several alleged business schemes.
• The report also said a no-longer-online YouTube trailer made by Sarah Jessica Creato, featured Brendan Creato in the role of a toddler named "Mikey" who disappeared. David Creato, DJ Creato's father, reveals the disappearance in the trailer, the report said. At the end of the trailer, viewers learn "Mikey" had died, according to the report. The report said the trailer was apparently made for a college class, but it wasn't clear from the report how long ago it was produced and posted.
New Jersey 101.5 has not seen the Tumblr posts or the YouTube video. But McNeil, in a brief email Thursday, said detectives have been aware of both.
New Jersey 101.5 also has not yet been able to contact Hoover.
In the NBC report, Brenna, Sarah Jessica Creato's lawyer, called the video an uncanny coincidence.
"It’s a red herring," he reportedly said. "I would just encourage people not to focus too much on it. It’s a waste of time.”