Authorities have found the body of Erica Crippen. The 26-year-old mother who went missing on New Year’s Eve from New Jersey was found dead in Sykesville, Maryland on Tuesday, Huffington Post reports. Investigators say they found her whereabouts on her husband’s GPS device in his vehicle. As Inquisitr previously reported on the case, Crippen’s husband, Kyle Crosby, is charged with her murder.
An announcement that Crippen’s body was found came from Burlington County Prosecutor, Robert Bernardi, on Wednesday. He says that her hands and feet were bound with electrical cord and her neck was also tied with it. Duct tape was over her face and nose. Crosby’s GPS system led investigators to where the body was dumped.
Crosby’s mother, Jo Crosby, has been charged with hindering and tampering with physical evidence in the Erica Crippen case. She was released after posting bail.
Crippen was the mother of an infant daughter she had with Crosby and a 7-year-old daughter she had from a previous relationship.
CBS Local in Philadelphia reports that Crippen’s were found underneath a pile of branches and limbs wrapped in a fleece blanket. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday in Baltimore.
Erica Crippen was murdered early morning on December 31, investigators say. Her husband was arrested on January 12 at a traffic stop. Brooklawn police officers chased the murder suspect by foot.
Several items of “evidential value” in connection to Crippen’s death was found in the trunk of his car.
Investigators were hampered by the difficult winter conditions while they continued looking for Crippen’s body. Newsmax reports that investigators tried searching for her body three times before locating it, but harsh weather marginalized their efforts.
Mount Laurel Police officers did a wellness check on the 7-year-old when she failed to report to school during the week of January 7. It was that day that Crosby filed a missing person report that stated he hadn’t seen his wife since New Year’s Day. His GPS device showed that he was in Carroll County, Maryland for a while — where Crippen’s body was found. Authorities also say Crosby drove his wife to Maryland soon after she went missing.
Crosby was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child on January 10 because of the low quality of care he was giving his children without his wife.
Investigators reveal that it was that charge which permitted police officers to make a traffic stop and take Crosby into custody.
Kyle Crosby is being held on $1.2 million bail and charged with the murder of Erica Crippen.
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