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March 16, 2015/PRESS RELEASE

  Jo Crosby updated photo

JO CROSBY OF SICKLERVILLE

 

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ --Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mount Laurel Police Chief Dennis Cribben Jr., announced today that the mother of a Mount Laurel man charged in January with killing his wife was arrested this morning on charges of helping her son attempt to conceal his actions after he committed the crime.  

Jo Crosby, age 67, of  Saint Moritz Drive in Sicklerville, NJ, was charged with one count of Hindering Apprehension (Third Degree) and one count of Tampering With Physical Evidence by Destroying Records (Third Degree). Her son Kyle Crosby, age 28, was charged January 13 with Murder for the death of his wife, Erica Crippen, age 26.

 

Jo Crosby was taken into custody this morning at her residence at approximately 6:30 a.m. by law enforcement officers from the Mount Laurel Police Department, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the Gloucester Township Police Department.

 

“We believe Jo Crosby played a major role in helping her son Kyle conceal the crime of murder,”

Prosecutor Bernardi said. “She assisted his efforts to conceal the body of his wife, Erica Crippen, after he took her life.”

 

Due to the ongoing investigation, the specific acts that led to charges against Jo Crosby will not be discussed at this time.

 

Bail was set at $12,500 with 10 percent permissible by the Hon. Terrance R. Cook, J.S.C. Unless

she posts bail, Jo Crosby will face a first appearance this afternoon in Superior Court in Burlington County. Erica Crippen’s remains have not yet been recovered by law enforcement. The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Mount Laurel Police Department, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit.

 

Background/Press Release from January 13, 2015

 

Kyle J. Crosby, age 28, of 5201 Aberdeen Drive in Mount Laurel, was charged January 13 with one count of Murder for causing the death of his wife, Erica Crippen, age 26. Bail was set at $1 million.

 

Crosby is being held in the Burlington County Jail.

 

Crosby was taken into custody on the evening of January 12 by officers from the Brooklawn Police Department following a traffic stop and foot chase in Bellmawr, Camden County. In the trunk of the vehicle being driven by Crosby, investigators found several items they believe have evidential value in connection to her disappearance. Erica Crippen’s body has not been located, but investigators are pursuing additional leads with respect to her whereabouts.

 

Erica Crippen lived with Crosby and two children: a 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and their 3-month-old daughter. School officials contacted the Mount Laurel Police Department on January 7 and requested a wellness check at the family’s residence.

Kyle Crosby signed a missing person report that day indicating he had not seen his wife since January 1. Further investigation led to charges against Kyle Crosby filed on January 10 for Endangering the Welfare of a Child due to the level of care he provided to the children in the absence of his wife. Bail on those charges was set at $200,000.

 

The existence of the charge allowed law enforcement officers to execute the traffic stop on January 12 and detain Crosby. The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Mount Laurel Police Department, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit.

 

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Erica Crippen is asked to contact Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113 or the Mount Laurel Police Department through Facebook at facebook@mountlaurelpd.org

 

 

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