Mystery grows as S. Jersey man's disappearance turns to murder

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Two photos of Barry S. Brown, who was reported missing in October 2014 and later found dead in Atlantic County. His death was ruled a homicide.

Barry S. Brown was last seen more than two years ago at the Egg Harbor Township, N.J., home where he lived with his girlfriend.

He was reported missing in October 2014, and mystery lingered about what happened to him. Seven months later, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department put renewed attention on the case, asking anyone with information about the disappearance to come forward.

Now, the investigation has shifted from missing person to murder.

Remains, later identified as Brown’s, were found in January in a lot off Doughty Road, near the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday that a medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Officials did not disclose how Brown died or how long his remains were believed to have been at the site.

Brown, 55, was last seen at his residence on Sept. 29, 2014, according to police. He left sometime between the morning and late afternoon that day, and was reported missing a few days later.

Police have described Brown as a private person who liked to do yard work and cook at home. He had a driver’s license but did not own a car. His wallet was believed to have been with him.

Previous police and news reports on his disappearance gave no indication that foul play was suspected.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666 or Egg Harbor Township Police investigators at 609-927-5200.