2 charged in death of missing Linden woman Tyrita Julius

Two people have been charged in connection with the death of Linden resident Tyrita Julius, who went missing in March from a Long Branch train station.



The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirms that Jennifer Sweeney, 33, of Tinton Falls, and Andre Harris, 32, of Long Branch, were charged with murder, tampering with evidence and desecration of human remains.



Police were called to the 200 block of Joline Avenue in Long Branch Tuesday afternoon. First Assistant Prosecutor Marc Lemieux would not confirm that Julius' body was found at the home, but would say that evidence found at the location led to charges being filed.



The home that police were investigating belonged to Harris, according to Lemieux.



Julius was last seen March 8 after having lunch with a friend. The friend told police Julius was dropped off at the Long Branch train station so she could return to Linden, where she lives.



Julius was undergoing physical therapy after surviving a shooting in November 2015. She was shot several times in her torso and pelvic area while entering her car with her 15-year-old daughter in Linden. Her daughter was grazed.



At the time she went missing, police were investigating whether or not the shooting and her disappearance were connected.



An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


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