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The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Investigations Unit re-evaluates cases of previously unsolved crimes, more specifically homicide, sexual assault, and fatal or serious injury motor vehicle accidents committed within the jurisdiction of Ocean County. The emergence of new technologies allows the possibilities of bringing closure to formerly unsolved cases in which tips may have been previously exhausted and suspects have not been arrested. The Cold Case Investigations Unit welcomes tips from the public to assist in these investigations either through our website, smartphone app, or by telephone @ 732-929-2027.



Fifteen years ago, on April 3, 2001, the body of Gabrielle Mueller, 31, was discovered in a wooded area off Salem Street in Lakewood, NJ. This area is in close proximity to the Lakewood Industrial Park.

Gabrielle Mueller resided in Toms River with her two children. Gabrielle was last seen alive during the evening hours of Sunday, April 1, 2001. The following morning, Monday April 2, 2001, the Toms River Police Department was contacted and she was reported as a Missing Person. A day later her body was tragically discovered in Lakewood at the above described location. Her vehicle, a blue Toyota Corolla, was also unaccounted for at that time, but was located in Lakewood the day after her body was discovered. The subsequent autopsy revealed that the she died as a result of Strangulation and her death classified as a Homicide.

To date though OCPO and OC Law Enforcement have not developed any significant clues pointing to the individual(s) responsible for her death, we will never stop seeking justice for Gabrielle and her loved ones. OCPO’s Cold Case Unit investigators serve as advocates for victims in unsolved cases regardless of how much time has passed, working to bring peace to the loved ones of an individual who was senselessly killed or is missing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crime Unit at 732-929-4760 or Det. Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith of the Lakewood Township Police Department, Detective Bureau at 732-363-0200, ext. 5318.

 Isabel Marcelino-Sanchez Homicide

On or around 0354 hours, on July 22, 2006, two unknown black males entered the house at 710 River Avenue in Lakewood.  Said black males entered the residence by kicking in several doors.  It should be noted that this location is known as a house of prostitution.  The suspects made their way to the second floor of the residence where they located two (2) prostitutes, Claudia Hernandez and Isabel Marcelino-Sanchez.

Suspect one, a light skinned black male with a thin build and dreadlocks past his shoulder; suspect two, a dark skinned black male with a stocky build.  Both suspects had bandanas which covered their faces.  Suspect one located Claudia Hernandez and placed a handgun to her head demanding money.  Ms. Hernandez stated that she began pleading for her life when she heard a gun shot.  After the gunshot was heard, suspect two entered her room and pointed the shotgun at her, again demanding money.  Ms. Hernandez pointed to her black leather purse in the closet.  Suspect two grabbed said purse and both suspects exited the location.  Ms. Hernandez then entered the victim’s bedroom where she observed the victim on the floor.  The victim had sustained a single shotgun wound to the abdomen.  The victim was alive at that time, but unable to speak.  The victim later succumbed to her injuries and was subsequently pronounced at 1201 hours, by Dr. Donato Santangelo, Ocean County Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Det/Sgt. Robert Humeny from the Lakewood Police Department at (732) 363-0200, or Sgt. Carlos Trujillotovar from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at (732) 929-2027 ext. 3468.

 Significant Updates in Maria Marshall Cold Case


Date: May 16, 2014


After Thirty Years Louisiana Inmate Reveals Involvement In Murder Of Maria Marshall

Toms River, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced today the results of a twelve month cooperative investigation which resulted in an admission by Larry Thompson, 71, of Louisiana in his involvement in the shooting death of Maria Marshall almost thirty years ago.  Mrs. Marshall was shot at approximately 12:30 AM on September 7, 1984 in a picnic area of the Garden State Parkway in Lacey Township, Ocean County, New Jersey.  What makes this cold case most news worthy is that fact that an Atlantic County Jury found Thompson not guilty of Maria Marshall’s murder on March 5, 1986 due to a false alibi presented on behalf of Thompson.  See more

                                                                  Hit & Run in Lakewood, NJ

Date: October 7, 2012  Time:  7:23 pm

Location of Incident: East Kennedy Boulevard and Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, NJ


  • On October 7, 2012 at approximately 7:23 pm, a female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of East Kennedy Boulevard and Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, NJ and received serious head injuries.
  • Witnesses indicated the vehicle which struck the pedestrian was a 2005-2007 White Jeep Liberty.
  • The vehicle sustained damage to the front passenger side bumper as well as the passenger side mirror.
  • Witnesses indicated immediately after the accident the vehicle turned onto Lexington Avenue into the area of the Crossroad / Pinewood apartment complex.
  • If you have any information, please contact the Lakewood Police Traffic Safety Unit @ 732-363-0200 x 5387 or Detective Craig Ally from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office @ 732-929-2027 x 3113 with any information.