PATERSON, N.J. – A friend from Clifton dumped the body of a Newark man who died of natural causes in an empty lot in Paterson -- and was later caught driving the dead victim's car, authorities said.
Police and firefighters responding to a 911 call Friday night found the body of 65-year-old Ali Achmetov in the Chamberlain Avenue lot, Police Director Jerry Speziale said Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives determined that Achmetov "died at some other location and was transported" tere in his Pontiac wagon, which was missing, Speziale said.
An alert for the car was issued.
Meanwhile, an autopsy by the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office determined that Achmetov died of natural causes, Speziale said.
Paterson Police Officer Edgar Taylor saw the vehicle and pulled it over in the area of Broadway and Straight Street on Sunday, the director said.
He took its two occuplants into custody.
One of them, Michael Rzucidlo, 40, of Clifton, was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful disposal of human remains.
Speziale asked that anyone might have seen something or has information that could help the investigation call the Paterson Police Detective Bureau: (973) 321-1120.