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Remains found in Ridgewood

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:49 am, Thu May 9, 2013.

UPDATE: As of May 2, police have confirmed that the body is that of Frank Soucie. Soucie's stepson Derek Tudor, 27, who turned himself in on May 1, has been charged with murder. 


What are believed to be human remains were found in the backyard of a Ridgewood apartment building on Wednesday.

According to police, neighbors placed a 911 call on April 30 when they noticed a man placing a large black garbage bag in front of the residence at 1866 Putnam Avenue. A mound of freshly dug dirt in the backyard was also reported.

When officers arrived at the scene, they pulled the bag of remains from the shallow grave. A garbage bag filled with gloves, ammonia and a burnt sleeping bag were found near the trash bins.

While the police say they are waiting for the medical examiner to identify the remains, there have been reports the body could be that of Frank Soucie, a former postal worker who lives at 1866 Putnam and was reported missing about a week ago.

Reportedly, Soucie’s stepson has turned himself in to police. He was considered a person of interest in relation to his stepfather’s disappearance.

Police would not confirm if the body found in the shallow grave was in any way connected with the missing Soucie.


— Tess McRae

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