LONG BRANCH: Two people have been arrested and charged with murder and desecration of human remains after police raided a house on Joline Avenue late Tuesday evening, Aug. 16.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office officials stated following the raid that Jennifer Sweeney, 33, of Tinton Falls and Andre Harris, 32, of Long Branch were facing these charges in connection with the disappearance of 41-year-old Tyrita Julius, who has been missing since March. No additional information was given, but more is expected to be released today, following an autopsy.
Tyrita's mother, Queen Julius, told authorities that her daughter had been spending time with a female friend in Tinton Falls on March 8, but failed to return home later that evening.
She was originally said to have last been seen at the Long Branch Train Station on Third Avenue, but Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said during an April 8 press conference that investigators have been unable to corroborate that report. A joint investigation was launched by the Long Branch and Tinton Falls Police Departments on March 11 to search for Julius was unsuccessful.
Investigators also revealed today that Julius was previously the victim of a serious, yet non-fatal shooting in Linden, on Nov. 24, 2015. The Linden Police Department was called to 913 Middlesex Street in Linden in reference to the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found Tyrita shot several times in the driver's seat of her vehicle, which was located a short distance from her residence. At the time of the incident, Tyrita's teenage daughter was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and was also the victim of a non-fatal gunshot wound. To-date, no arrests have been made in connection to this incident.
This is a breaking news story and it will be updated as soon as more information is available.