Troopers Arrest Brick Couple for
Murder and Burning Body
Woodland Twp., Burlington Co., N.J. Ė On Saturday, February 27th, New Jersey State Police detectives charged two people
for the murder of a man whose body was found burned in Woodland Twp. Gregory Elk, 45, 514 Laurel Ave in Brick, and Susan Vasikonis,
41 of the same address were charged with Murder and Desecration of Human Remains and are in jail in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition.
At 4:09 a.m. on February 23, 2010, firefighters from Woodland Twp. responded to a reported brush fire on the side of CR 532
in Woodland Twp. Approximately 30 yards off the roadway, the firefighters located the badly burned body of a man and called
troopers from Tuckerton Barracks. State Police detectives, CSI and Arson Bomb Units also arrived on scene to collect evidence
and begin the investigation. The man was later identified as Eric Pagan, 37 of Ocean Grove, N.J. by fingerprints recovered from
the body. Arson/Bomb Unit detectives determined that an accelerant had been used in the burning of the body, which then caught
the surrounding brush on fire. This fire was seen by a passing motorist and called in to 911.
Examination by the Burlington County Medical Examiner determined that Pagan died of blunt force trauma to the head. The manner
of death was classified as homicide.
Detectives tirelessly worked the case and developed Elk and Vasikonis as known associates and suspects in the murder. Detectives
believe that the two had an argument with Pagan at their Brick Twp. home and, in the course of a fight, struck him with a blunt object
such as a hammer. State Police Marine troopers and T.E.A.M.S. unit divers are conducting searches today for additional evidence,
including the murder weapon, that may have been discarded by the accused.
The Burlington County, Monnouth County and Ocean County Prosecutorís Offices have been actively engaged in the investigation.
Ocean County will prosecute the case since the murder The Burlington County, Monnouth County and Ocean County Prosecutorís Offices
have been actively engaged in the investigation. Ocean County will prosecute the case since the murder occurred in their jurisdiction.
Bail has been set at $1,000,000 cash by Ocean County Superior Court Judge Daniels.
Jersey troopers located Elk and Vasikonis in the Star Inn in Green Castle, PA and asked the Pennsylvania State Police to arrest
them on the strength of active warrants for drug related charges out of Monmouth County, N.J. PA troopers arrested them yesterday
after surrounding their hotel room.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Defendents are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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