A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted five people in connection with a pair of unrelated slayings in two different municipalities.
One killing involves the shooting death of 37-year-old Erving H. Harper, whose remains were found off Weatherby Road in Maurice River Township in March.
The other incident involves a fatal shooting at Tips Trailer Park on Route 49 in Fairfield Township in September.
Both indictments were handed up by a grand jury sitting in the county courthouse in Bridgeton last week.
In the Maurice River Township case, the grand jury indicted Jason Moore, 35, of the 200 block of Hands Mill Road, Woodbine; Lewis Moore, 32, of the 3500 block of Cedarville Road, Lawrence Township, and Amber Price, 33, of the 800 block of Washington Street, Cape May. Jason Moore and Lewis Moore are brothers.
The indictment includes charges of murder, conspiracy, desecration of human remains, hindering apprehension and drug and weapons offenses. All three defendants are free on bail.
According to authorities, Harper, who had lived in both Millville and the Delmont section of Maurice River Township, went missing Jan. 20 after dropping his 9-year-old son off at the home of a relative. Harper was last seen in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township.
State Police said March 28 that they discovered what they described only as "evidence" during a lengthy investigation at the Weatherby Road site the day the body was found. State Police blocked traffic in the area of the investigation scene while the search proceeded.
Authorities will not comment about what prompted the killing.
In the Fairfield Township incident, the grand jury indicted Brock Gould, 20, of River Road in Bridgeton, and Tratone Waters, 18, of Hampton Street in Bridgeton, on charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Both are being held in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton, although bail figures were not immediately available.
Gould and Waters were indicted in the Sept. 28 shooting death of 19-year-old David Sapp.
State Police said Sapp was found lying on the ground with a bullet wound at Tips Trailer Park in the 800 block of Route 49 in Fairfield Township. State Police said they went to the scene after getting reports of gunfire.
Sapp was declared dead shortly after arriving at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland.
Authorities will not comment as to what prompted the shooting.
Tips Trailer Park owner Joe Stanger said he believes the shooting was the result of something that began off the premises and somehow escalated at the trailer park.
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