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Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

Fatima Perez found in shallow grave, killed by ‘creepy guy’ and employee

Authorities say that the missing New Jersey mother found dead in a nearby township in a shallow grave was buried alive. The two men accused of the murder are being held on $5 million bond each.

Fatima Perez

Fatima Perez

Authorities have detailed that the woman found dead in the Monroe Township is Fatima Perez, 41, who has been missing for over two days. Perez’s body was found in a shallow grave, placed there by her landscaper and an employee. Police say she was “buried in an open area in Monroe Township near Clayton and Corkery Roads,” according to CBS news.

“The cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation and the manner of death homicide,” Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk said. Police have two people of interest in custody.

 Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, 36, of Camden, and Ramon Ortiz, 57, of Pennsauken, are each charged with first-degree murder.

“A real creepy guy. He went around asking everybody for their grass cut,” neighbor Dana Thompson said of Ortiz in the CBS coverage.

The two men taped her mouth and eyes shut and drove to a rural area near Corkery Lane and Tuckahoe Road in Monroe Township, where Ortiz dug a shallow hole using a shovel from the van, police said.

“Ortiz stated that Ms. Perez was placed in the grave, covered with lime and buried,” court records on the arrest said, according to the Courier Post. The two tried to hide the makeshift grave by covering it with branches and debris, local NBC 10 reported. 

Perez moved to Camden eight years ago from Nicaragua. She was survived by her two children.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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