Police Identify Woman Killed in Route 73 Motel in Maple Shade

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MAPLE SHADE, NJ – Police are now asking the public to assist them in their investigation into the death of an area woman who was found dead in a motel room last week in Maple Shade.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Maple Shade Police Chief Christopher J. Fletcher today released the identity of the woman who was killed last week inside a room at a Route 73 motel, and asked the public for assistance with the homicide investigation.

“The victim was identified as 36-year-old Michelle L. Johnston, who had lived in multiple locations recently in the Burlington and Camden county areas,” Coffina said. “The investigation into her death began just before 11:30 a.m. on May 11 after officers from the Maple Shade Police Department were called to the Bel-Air Motor Lodge for a report of an unresponsive female”.

Johnston was found deceased in room 410. Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood performed an autopsy and determined the manner of death to be homicide. Details concerning the cause of death are being withheld at this time.

– Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the homicide, or who knew the victim and has knowledge of her recent activities, to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113.

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