A Gloucester County woman who visited Atlantic City this summer has been identified as the victim whose remains were found in a suitcase in Egg Harbor Township.

Tara Rogers-Alicea, 30, of Monroeville, was reported missing in October by a family member, according to officials. She died of asphyxiation with strangulation, an autopsy found. The death has been ruled a homicide.

A Margate police sergeant found a suitcase with Rogers-Alicea's remains Sunday afternoon on private land where he is allowed to deer hunt. The area off Broadway Avenue is not far from Harbor Square, better known as the former Shore Mall in the township's Cardiff section.

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Photographs of the woman's tattoos released to the public were used to identify her, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. Fingerprint analysis confirmed the identity.

Investigators are awaiting DNA results.

Rogers-Alicea posted June 17 that she had a room at the Borgata's Water Club, telling her friends "the club mur mur is gonna be (poppin') tonight" and to "dress to impress."

A photo of herself she posted July 6 appears to be through a window of the casino, with a view of the Golden Nugget.

She did have some activity on a Facebook application as recently as Oct. 28.

Photos on her Facebook page include one of the tattoo on her foot that was released to the public. A wrist tattoo — which was also released — can be spotted in a selfie she posted.

Last January, she posted a photo of a leather jacket from Wilson's in Atlantic City that she said she got as a birthday present.

Jessica Galli Mendez posted an NBC10 story about the remains' discovery on her Facebook page Tuesday, saying it was her best friend. In the post, she said the victim's mother was notified Tuesday morning, but that Mendez had believed it was Rogers-Alicea as soon as she heard about the body Monday evening.

The homicide remains under investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and Egg Harbor Township police.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.

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