When the body of 15-year-old Frederick Hart was found 19 months after he was reported missing in May 1990, his remains were so decomposed officials could not determine a cause of death.
But now, 23 years later, the mystery of the Galloway Township boy's death may be solved.
On Monday, Steven L. Goff, 41, of Ventnor, walked into the township's Police Department and confessed to killing Hart, officials said. Goff, who was 18 at the time, said he had stabbed the boy to death.
At his initial court appearance Tuesday, Goff wanted to plead guilty but Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio prevented him from doing so without legal counsel.