SOMERVILLE — Police have arrested the second suspect in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found along Route 22 in Branchburg.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said Nicole Barbour, 26, of Ringwood, was found at the Red Carpet Inn on Route 1 in New Brunswick on Wednesday morning. She was charged with the second-degree crime of disturbing human remains in connection with the death of Ashley Castro.

Ashley Castro (Somerset County Prosecutor's Office)

David DeSantos, 32, and Barbour were named by Robertson as suspects for moving the 22-year-old's body on March 29 from a hotel on Route 28 to the wooded median on Route 22, where Castro's body was found on April 5.

DeSantos admitted to moving the body.

A judge on Monday ordered him held without bail because he was considered a flight risk.

Barbour was awaiting a detention hearing.

Neither DeSantos nor Barbour have been charged in the death of Castro. The cause of her death remains under investigation.

Castro's family said she had a young daughter and had battled with drug addiction. She had recently walked away from a drug rehab facility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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