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Juvenile Charged in Toms River Murder, Few Details Made Public

TOMS RIVER-The body of 44-year-old Margarita Diaz was found in a Deer Chase Professional Park parking lot last week. Now, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said a juvenile has been charged for her murder.

Billhimer offered very few details of the murder though.

“Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little have announced that a juvenile has been arrested and charged with the murder of Margarita Diaz, 44, of Manchester Township, which occurred on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at the Deer Chase Professional Park, Route 37 West, in Toms River Township,” Billhimer said. “In addition to being charged with Ms. Diaz’s murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a, the juvenile was charged with possession of a weapon – specifically a knife — for an unlawful purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d, unlawful possession of a weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, and endangering the welfare of a child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a. The juvenile is being detained in the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. ”

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“Due to the fact that the individual charged with these offenses is a juvenile, the law prohibits the release of any additional information,” Billhimer said.

We’ve seen more detailed press releases from LEO press corps for those caught on shoplifting charges in the past, but when it comes to a grisly murder in a public parking lot, no details were released.

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