Man accused of hiding corpse of Hopatcong resident Ashley Castro on Route 22 will remain jailed

David DeSantos is accused of dumping a woman's body in the median of Route 22 in Branchburg.

David DeSantos is accused of dumping a woman's body in the median of Route 22 in Branchburg. (4/17/17)

SOMERVILLE - A Pennsylvania man who allegedly moved and concealed a woman's body in a highway median after she died in a nearby motel will remain jailed until his trial.

A Somerset County judge issued the ruling Monday after determining that David DeSantos posed a significant flight risk. His attorney had noted that the 32-year-old Henryville man voluntarily called police out of guilt to let them know where he moved the body, though prosecutors say that only happened after he told his stepmother and she contacted authorities.

Somerset County prosecutors have charged DeSantos with disturbing human remains. They're still looking for his alleged accomplice, 26-year-old Nicole Barbour of Ringwood.

Authorities say the pair hid the body of 29-year-old Ashley Castro in a wooded median off Route 22 in Branchburg on March 29. The Hopatcong woman's remains were found on April 5.

Castro’s cause of death has not yet been released.

Officials are asking anyone who may have information on Barbour’s whereabouts to give them a call. She is described as a white woman, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 106 pounds, and has green eyes and blond-brown hair.

Tips can be called in to the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Branchburg Township Police Department at 908-526-3830 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-8477.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Here is the latest weather forecast in your 1 Westchester Evening Weather, 4-23
A Rockaway Township police officer is facing charges 2 Morris County officer faces sexual assault charges
A 600-year-old white oak that sits on the 3 600-year-old tree to be removed in Bernards
Police say there were five shootings in Paterson 4 Police investigate 5 shootings in Paterson over weekend
News 12, as local as local news gets. 5 Police: Body found in Cumberland County

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Nicole Barbour is accused of helping to dump Police seek second suspect in dumping of woman’s body

Law enforcement officers in Somerset County are searching for a woman accused of helping to

Ashley Castro (Pictured) was found dead along Route Officials identify woman found dead on Route 22 in Branchburg

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the woman found dead along Route 22 in

The FBI and Somerset County Prosecutor's Office are Body of woman found along Route 22; FBI involved in investigation

A suspicious discovery has prompted a response from federal, county and local law enforcement officials

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.