Man admits dumping NJ mother’s body on Route 22
SOMERVILLE — A Pennsylvania man who allegedly moved and concealed a woman's body in a highway median after she died in a New Jersey motel will remain jailed until his trial.
A Superior Court judge sitting in Somerville issued the ruling Monday after determining that David DeSantos posed a significant flight risk.
His attorney had noted that the 32-year-old Henryville man voluntarily called police out of guilt to let them know where he moved the body, though prosecutors say that only happened after he told his stepmother and she contacted authorities.
Somerset County prosecutors have charged DeSantos with disturbing human remains. They're still looking for his alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Nicole Barbour of Ringwood.
Authorities say the pair hid the body of 29-year-old Ashley Castro in a wooded median off Route 22 in Branchburg on March 29. The Hopatcong woman's remains were found on April 5.
The woman's family said she had a young daughter and had battled with drug addiction. She had recently walked away from a drug rehab facility.
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