CLIFTON, N.J. -- The body of an apparent drug overdose victim was left in a box truck, covered in insulation, in a Clifton parking lot before police found it and arrested a man who they said left it there.
A caller pointed police to Getty Avenue commercial lot, where they forced their way in through a locked gate, searched several vehicles and found the covered body around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said.
"Indications are that the decedent passed away sometime earlier in the day, probably during the late morning or early afternoon hours," Bracken said. "She was then taken to the...lot and left there for numerous hours before police were called.
"Information obtained prior to officer arrival indicated that a third party had possibly transported the victim onto the property and left her in an unresponsive state somewhere in the parking lot," he added.
That man was later identified as Tamer Ihmaid, 31, of Paterson, who was arrested and charged with disturbing human remains.
The Essex County Regional Medical Examiner's Office was trying to determine the official cause of death.
Clifton detectives, along with the Passaic County Sheriff's Department, were investigating.
Anyone who saw anything or who has information that could help the investigation is asked to contact Clifton detectives: (973) 470-5908 .
It was the second time in less than a week that police charged someone with dumping a dead body in Passaic County.
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.