Brick man arrested in May 17 roadside dumping of body

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A Wall Township police officer was among investigators at the scene along Brighton Avenue where a woman's body was found on May 17.

BRICK TOWNSHIP — A Brick Township man has been arrested in connection with the May 17 discovery of a woman’s body by the side of a road in Wall Township, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Wednesday.

Edward Ramirez, 51, was arrested and charged with disturbing human remains, according to a news release issued by the prosecutor’s office.

The body of Jamie Leis, 35, of Toms River, was found wrapped in a tarp by a passing motorist in the area of Brighton Avenue and Rockefeller Drive, off Route 18. Wall Township Police Department responded to the initial call at 10:29 a.m., and called for assistance from the prosecutor’s office.

There were no visible injuries to Ms. Leis’s body, and authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, Chris Swendeman, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said. Toxicology tests can take eight weeks or longer to complete.

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