Search Continues for Missing Man Charged in Pine Hill Homicide
Authorities say the search for a missing and endangered man who has now been charged in a December homicide in Pine Hill, Camden County, continues.
Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer says 38-year-old Shawn Massey of Gibbsboro has been charged with one count of first-degree Murder in the homicide of 54-year-old Joseph Bottino of Gloucester Township.
Authorities say Bottino was found dead with visible traumatic injuries on December 23rd at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation in the 100 block of Watsontown-New Freedom Rd.
A medical examiner determined Bottino died of multiple stab and incise wounds as well as blunt force injuries.
According to Mayer's office, "Evidence collected at the crime scene led detectives to believe that Massey was the perpetrator. When detectives went to speak to Massey in the days after the murder, his family members reported him missing and said they had not heard from him since Dec. 23."
In a press release, Mayer said, "We understand many people are concerned that an arrest has not been made. Since the crime, there has been an increased law enforcement presence in that area and we have conducted multiple, coordinated searches in an effort to locate Massey. We have also received dozens of tips on possible sightings and whereabouts of Massey and are following up and taking each and every one very seriously. We have detectives working at all hours on this case and we will continue to do so until Massey is located."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CCPO Det. Jeremy Jankowski at (856) 397-3485.