April 24, 2018 – The remains of Cody MacPherson has been found and an arrest has been made in his death. According to ABC News,”
The New Jersey Fire Service was preparing part of the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area for a controlled burn when the team “observed human remains under logs close to the area of the burn.” After seeing what was believed to be a human skull, the controlled burn was cancelled to preserve the evidence. Following an autopsy the next day, forensic pathologists determined the cause of death to be a stab wound to the left abdomen. The manner of death was deemed to be homicide.
On April 17, results from the NJSP Laboratory positively identified the remains as belonging to Cody.
On April 21, 2018, Alan McGinnis was charged by the New Jersey State Police with murder, kidnapping, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, improper disposal of human remains and destruction of evidence.
Cody MacPherson from Browns Mills, New Jersey was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2017. He had been at a local bar called Belly Busters where he got into an argument with the father of his girlfriend’s children.
NJ.com reports that, “He hasn’t been seen or heard from since early Sunday morning, when he was at the home of a girl with whom he was romantically involved, according to his brother’s fiance, Ashley King.”
Euronews reports, “”The girl [who last saw Cody] told Missie that she didn’t know where he was,” April Berry, Cody’s mom said. “She said she last spoke to him at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday when he said he was leaving to go home. But his great-uncle said he never came home that night.”
MacPherson is described as 5 feet 11 inches, approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and baseball cap, blue jeans and green and black Nike sneakers, police said. He also has tattoos on his chest, shoulder and hand.
They’re asking anyone who knows anything to come forward. Tips can be provided to police at 609-723-8300.