Missing Camden woman found slain in Glouco

Fatima Perez
Fatima Perez
Posted: May 14, 2014

A Camden mother of two missing since Monday was found dead Wednesday morning in Gloucester County, authorities said, calling her death a homicide.

Fatima Perez, 41, was reported missing Monday afternoon by her family. They feared she had been kidnapped for the $8,000 in cash she was carrying to buy a car.

Perez's body was found around 11 a.m. Wednesday, buried in a shallow grave near Clayton Road between Corkery Lane and Tuckahoe Road in Monroe Township, authorities said. The cause of death was asphyxiation, they said.

Officials said two suspects had been detained, but did not identify them.

Police had been looking for two men who were with Perez when she left her home on the 400 block of North 41st Street in Camden. "We're no longer looking for them," Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said.

"It was horrible, absolutely horrible," Faulk said of Perez's killing. He called it "very, very traumatic to the family."

On Tuesday, police had listed two men as persons of interest, but said they were not suspects. Police also told The Inquirer there was nothing that indicated Perez's case was anything other than a missing person case.

On Wednesday, before learning of her death, members of Perez's family said they were frustrated by the initial police response.

County Police Chief Scott Thomson defended his department's response.

"We investigated this as aggressively as possible," he said Wednesday afternoon as he walked to Perez's house to talk to her family.

mboren@phillynews.com

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