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Atlantic County Prosecutors Office Continues Investigation Into 2001 Homicide

MAYS LANDING- (December 2020)--The unsolved November 2001, homicide of Michelle Howard is not characterized as “COLD”. There is no such thing as a “Cold Case”, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

“It is my hope that we will be able to find the person(s) responsible for the death of Michelle Howard and give her family the closure they deserve,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

On November 26, 2001, the body of 32 year-old Michelle Lynn Howard was found lying on the side of the road on Estelle Avenue in the vicinity of Old Landis Avenue. Howard’s body was located exactly one quarter of a mile north of Old Landis Avenue or four-tenths of a mile south of Route 40, police reports from the discovery of Michelle Howard’s body stated. When Township of Hamilton Police officers responded to the scene and located Howard’s body she was unresponsive and with no pulse. The victim was found unclothed with the exception of a white bra.

An autopsy of Michelle Howard determined the cause of death to be asphyxia associated with aspiration of gastric contents, multiple blunt force injuries of the head, neck and torso. The manner of death is homicide.

Prosecutor Tyner encourages anyone with any information in connection to this investigation to come forward and speak with law enforcement.

“Even though Ms. Howard lost her life 19 years ago, I am hopeful that there is someone out there who saw something or knows something that can assist us with solving this homicide.  Time is always the great equalizer, and circumstances sometimes change that lead people to come forward now, that prevented them from doing so at the time of the incident,” Prosecutor Tyner said.

Anyone with information homicide of Michelle Howard or any other serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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