Nineteen years have gone by, but Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner wants you know the search for the killer of Michelle Lynn Howard goes on. Howard was found dead on the side of Estelle Avenue near Old Landis Avenue in the Mizpah section of Hamilton Township on Nov. 26, 2001.

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When Township of Hamilton Police officers responded to the scene and found Howard’s body she was unresponsive and had no pulse. The victim was unclothed with the exception of a white bra.

An autopsy of Michelle Howard determined her cause of death to be asphyxia and multiple blunt force injuries of the head, neck and torso. The death was a homicide, according to the Prosecutor's office.

Howard had returned to Atlantic City from Philadelphia three weeks before her body was found to live with her grandmother.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner would not classify the Howard murder as a "cold case", saying there is no such thing as a cold case.

“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. 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.”

If you have any information about the death of Michelle Howard, call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or contact Crime Stoppers. 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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