Human remains are found in a barrel dumped on a residential street in New Jersey
- Police were called to Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, at 10:30am on Friday
- Residents reported a strange barrel in the street of the residential area
- Officers found human remains inside, Bergen County’s prosecutor confirmed
- One local news website reported that the victim was female
- Forensic experts are trying to determine how the person died
- Ridgefield Park has only seen six homicides since 1986 – most recently in 2010
Police in New Jersey were called on Friday to an unexplained barrel in a quiet road – and inside found human remains.
Officers attended the scene in Ridgefield Park – a town of 13,000 people, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan – at around 10:30am on Friday.
People living on the corner of Hobart Street and Teaneck Road said they believe the container was dropped off overnight, between 1-6am on Friday.
Local news website Daily Voice reported that victim was female, and forensic experts were trying to establish how she died.
Police in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, on Friday were called to reports of a strange barrel left in the street (pictured)
Officers are seen inspecting the green barrel, in footage obtained by CBS News
Mark Musella, Bergen County prosecutor, confirmed the grim discovery.
‘Human remains were located in the container, and the circumstances of the death and the origin of the container are being investigated,’ he said.
The barrel was dusted for fingerprints and was eventually put into a large black van and taken away just after 2:30pm.
Jim Donohue, who has lived in Ridgefield Park for decades, told North Jersey.com that he was riding his bike when he noticed a helicopter flying overhead, and a heavy police presence in a residential neighborhood.
Local residents told of their shock at the grim discovery in their neighborhood
The corner where the barrel was found in Ridgefield Park was described by locals as unremarkable
He described the area as ‘quiet,’ with ‘very little crime.’
Since 1986 there have been only six homicides, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The most recent murder was in 2010.
‘It’s so scary to know that somebody just stuffed somebody in a barrel, like they are nothing,’ one resident told CBS 2.
‘It’s so scary. That’s really brutal.
‘I hope they caught whoever it was because I don’t want to have to look over my shoulder.
‘I want my kids to be able to play outside.’