Three people have been charged after a New York City mom was found dead inside a garbage bag at a home in New Jersey earlier in the week.
Paula Chin, 65, was reported missing by a family member on Monday, New York Police Department Lieutenant John Grimpel said, according to NBC News.
While Chin’s remains were then found at a home she owned in Morristown, New Jersey, she was stabbed to death in her apartment in New York City on Vestry Street, NBC New York reports.
Her son, Jared Eng, 22, was arrested at the Vestry street apartment, the NYPD told Oxygen.com in an email. Caitlyn O’Rourke, 21, of Patterson, New York and Jennifer Lopez, 18, of Alphabet City, were also arrested in connection to the case. O’Rourke is Eng’s girlfriend, according to NBC New York.
“The case is in its early stages and will ultimately be resolved in the courtroom, not in the media,” Mr. Eng’s attorney, Joel Cohen, said Thursday, according to the New York Times.
All three have been charged with concealment of a corpse, the NYPD said, adding that the medical examiner will determine Chin’s cause of death.
Authorities also said that they are investigating whether a dispute or money issues led to Chin’s killing; they added that they believe someone stabbed Chin in the throat during an altercation, according to NBC New York.
The criminal complaint on the incident recounted how Eng, who apparently admitted to O’Rourke that he killed his mother, and Lopez allegedly brought Chin’s body to her home in New Jersey on Jan. 31, according to the Times, using Chin’s vehicle. Authorities said they watched surveillance footage in which Eng could be viewed loading a duffle bag into the car, which was being driven by Lopez at the time.
A search of the car turned up blood, duct tape and a blanket, the criminal complaint stated, according to the Times.
“It’s all clean, the hardest part was backing up the car,” a text between Lopez and O’Rourke said, according to the complaint.
However, when asked Wednesday by reporters if he killed his mother, Eng said that he “did not,” adding that he loved her and that she gave him everything, NBC New York reports.
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