A Pleasantville man faces murder and weapons charges in the killing of an Atlantic City woman this weekend, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a statement Tuesday.

Mark Huff, 54, is charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the killing of Vernell Vance, 56, a release said.

Atlantic City police received a 911 call at 11:28 p.m. Saturday reporting that a body had been discovered behind 21 S. Tennessee Ave. Officers found Vance, 56, of Atlantic City, dead at the scene.

An autopsy performed Monday by Southern Regional Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood determined the cause of death to be blunt-force head trauma.

The Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Atlantic City police arrested Huff on Monday afternoon in Pleasantville. New Jersey Transit police were instrumental in identifying Huff as the suspect, according to the prosecutor.

Huff was in the Atlantic County jail.

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