Reports: Mysterious man seen day Brendan Creato died, ‘trailer’ featured boy’s death
911 call of DJ Creato calling police about Brendan Creato's disappearance
Reports have emerged of witnesses saying the day 3-year-old Brendan Creato mysteriously went missing and died, an older man was seen with a baby carriage nearby.
It's one of several newly reveled details in a report by PhillyVoice.com, which quotes 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 quotes 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.
The report is similar to one published Thursday by NJ Advance Media, which said it spoke to Hoover the day Brendan was found dead, but he did not provide his name at the time.
Camden County Prosecutor's Office Spokesman Andy McNeil told New Jersey 101.5 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 DJ Creato’s younger sister, 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.