Tinton Falls Man Found Dead In Howell Parking Lot

Photo courtesy Gary Gellman

HOWELL – A 911 call leads Monmouth investigators to a dead body in the parking lot of a busy shopping center on Good Friday.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the man as 61-year-old Weldon Spaulding, Jr. of Tinton Falls. His body was discovered lying on the ground next to a car in the Home Depot Plaza parking lot at the corner of Route 9 South and West Farms Road.

The call came in at around 1:31 p.m. Howell police initially responded before county units arrived.

An autopsy is pending to fund the exact cause of death.

According to a post on the official Howell Township Police Department Facebook page, they believe the death is suspicious. The text goes on to say “we do not believe there is a threat to others. If you have any information you may send it to us via Facebook messenger.”

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call Detective Andrea Tozzi of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Rob Ortenzi of the Howell Township Police Department at 732-620-4280.

Photo courtesy Gary Gellman