MOUNT HOLLY -- The husband of a Mount Laurel woman missing since New Year's Eve, has been charged in her death, Burlington County prosecutors announced Tuesday. But her body has yet to be found.

Kyle J. Crosby, 28, is charged with one count of murder in the death of his wife, Erica Crippen, 26, according to a statement issued by County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mount Laurel Police Chief Dennis Cribben. Crosby was to appear in Superior Court at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Kyle Crosby (Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)

The arrest followed a traffic stop in which police officers discovered Crosby driving his missing wife's car. The statement said investigators searched the trunk of the vehicle and "found several items they believe have evidential value" related to Crippen's disappearance.

Additional details released by the prosecutor and police chief:

  • "Erica Crippen lived with Crosby and two children, a 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, and their 3-month-old daughter. Officers from the Mount Laurel Police Department were sent to the residence on January 7 for a wellness check after the older child failed to report to school that week."
  • "Kyle Crosby signed a missing person report that day indicating he had not seen his wife since January 1. Further investigation led to a charge 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."

Authorities are requesting that anyone with additional information call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113 or contact the Mount Laurel Police Department through it's facebook page.