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Search Continues For Former Blauvelt Resident In Highway Body Dumping

Nicole Barbour
Nicole Barbour Photo Credit: MUGSHOT
If you see Barbour, authorities said, please contact them (information listed below).
If you see Barbour, authorities said, please contact them (information listed below). Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo / INSET: Courtesy SOMERSET COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

Authorities this week continued a search for a former Blauvelt resident in connection with the death of a New Jersey woman whose body was found hidden amid brush on a highway median.

Nicole Barbour, a 26-year-old Mahwah native, was charged in a warrant with illegally disturbing human remains in the death of Ashley M. Castro, 29, following the April 5 discovery on Route 22 in Central New Jersey.

Authorities said Barbour and a Pennsylvania man moved the victim's body from a motel across the highway into the brush six days earlier.

After identifying the victim, investigators zeroed in on 32-year-old David DeSantos and Barbour -- who records show has a history of arrests for minor offenses in North Jersey.

These include 2015 drug busts in Mahwah and Elmwood Park while Barbour was living in Blauvelt.

Authorities arrested ​DeSantos, of Henryville, PA last Friday on a fugitive warrant out of Pennsylvania and charged him with second-degree disturbing human remains.

They asked that anyone who sees Barbour or has information that could help investigators call the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 , the Branchburg Township Police Department (908) 526-3830 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) .

OR: www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “ Crime Stoppers ” or “ TIPS HOTLINE .”

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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