Victim named in Brick Township homicide investigation

Law enforcement personnel at the scene of a homicide under investigation in Brick Township. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

BRICK TOWNSHIP — The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has named Mark Richard Austin, 55, of Brick, as the victim of Saturday’s homicide that took place at a home on Acorn Drive. 

The announcement was made on the prosecutor’s office Facebook page on Monday, Sept. 9. 

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, with the Brick Township Police Department, announced that had opened an investigation into a homicide that took place in the township on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

According to an announcement posted online Sunday afternoon by Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio, the homicide “took place at a Brick Township residence” on Saturday.

The investigation was described as “active and ongoing” and anyone with information is being asked to contact Det. John Murphy of the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at [732] 929-2027 or Detective Mark Byrne of the Brick Township Police Department at [732] 262-1117.

Ocean County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were seen outside a home on Acorn Drive, in the Cedar Bridge Manor development of Brick on Sunday afternoon. Brick Township Police vehicles blocked access to the roadway on Eastern and Lions lanes. 
Police blocking off the area said there was an ongoing investigation currently underway.
One resident, who lives near the home, said he saw police search the area between 2 and 3 a.m. this morning. Police used searchlights to investigate the area, he said. 
Several residents remarked on how safe this Cedar Bridge Manor area of Brick is, and were surprised to see so much police activity in the area. 
“People don’t even close their doors around here,” said one resident walking her dog down Eastern Lane. “They will now.”

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