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Erica Crippen: Body of NJ Mom Missing Since New Year's Eve Found

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 06:08 PM

The body of Erica Crippen, a 26-year-old New Jersey mom missing since New Year's Eve, was found in Maryland on Tuesday alongside a rural road.

Investigators used a GPS device that was in Crippen's husband's vehicle to help find her.

Crippen's body was found under branches and brush in Sykesville, Maryland. She was wrapped in a blanket; her arms, legs and neck were bound with an electrical cord and duct tape was on her face and nose, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said, The Associated Press reported.

Crippen's husband, Kyle Crosby, 28, was charged in January with murder in his wife's death. He remained in jail Wednesday. Court and jail records didn't list a lawyer for him.

Bernardi said that after Crosby's arrest, investigators found a GPS device in his car that contained 8,500 points, or what the prosecutor characterized as "bread crumbs" that showed where the vehicle had stopped. Crippen's body was found less than 100 feet from one of the points, Bernardi said.

It's unclear how or when Crippen died but authorities believe Crosby dumped her body either on the evening of Jan. 10 or morning of Jan. 11, Bernardi said. An autopsy was scheduled in Baltimore.

Investigators searched three times in Maryland for her body, but their efforts were hampered by the brutal winter, the prosecutor said.

The couple lived in Mount Laurel with their infant daughter and Crippen's 7-year-old daughter. Crippen's body was found the same week her husband's 67-year-old mother, Jo, was charged in the case with hindering and tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities allege Jo Crosby deleted several text messages from her phone sent to her son the morning police believe he killed his wife.

According to an affidavit, at least 15 text messages between her and her son on New Year's Eve were retrieved during a forensic examination of their cellphones. The two also had an 18-minute phone conversation, according to an affidavit obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. Jo Crosby eventually admitted deleting the messages when she learned authorities were coming to interview her, the affidavit said.

She has been released on $12,500 bail. It wasn't clear Wednesday if she had an attorney who could comment on the charges. A phone number could not be found for her.

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The body of Erica Crippen, a 26-year-old New Jersey mom missing since New Year's Eve, was found in Maryland on Tuesday alongside a rural road. Investigators used a GPS device that was in Crippen's husband's vehicle to help find her.
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