Cops: Woman found in woods in South Jersey was slain

Police are asking for help finding the person who killed Jennifer Cruz-Chavez, whose body was found in a wooded area of Fairfield Township over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of New Jersey State Police)

Authorities say a woman whose body was found in a wooded area of South Jersey this weekend was slain, and they are asking for help finding her killer.

New Jersey State Police today identified 37-year-old Jennifer Cruz-Chavez, of Bridgeton, as the woman whose body was found off Buckshutem Road in Fairfield Township on Sunday.

Hunters called police after finding her in the Cumberland County woods at about 4:35 p.m.

She was pronounced dead about two hours later.

A medical examiner ruled Cruz-Chavez's death a homicide and determined that she died of blunt-force trauma, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 609-882-2000, ext. 2538, or 856-451-0101.

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