Remains in suitcase identified

Posted: January 10, 2014

The remains of a woman found Sunday in a suitcase in Atlantic County have been identified as those of a 30-year-old from Gloucester County, authorities said Wednesday.

Tara Rogers-Alicea was identified initially from photographs of tattoos. Her identity was confirmed by fingerprint analysis, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said, and a DNA analysis is in progress.

Rogers-Alicea was from the Monroeville section of Elk Township, the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. Her Facebook profile lists her hometown as Clayton, where her family lives, and shows Turnersville, Washington Township, as her last place of residence. All three towns are in Gloucester County.

A hunter found the suitcase in woods near Broadway Avenue in Egg Harbor Township. The state Medical Examiner's Office ruled Rogers-Alicea's death a homicide, the Prosecutor's Office said; the cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation.

A spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office said Rogers-Alicea's family contacted Clayton police Oct. 22. Family members declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday.


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