New evidence uncovered in Sarah Stern case

Investigators uncovered new evidence in the case against the two 19-year-olds accused in the murder of Sarah Stern, as crews spent the weekend searching along the Shark River for her body.

Sources involved in the investigation say two safe deposit boxes containing valuables taken from the Stern home were recovered. One was hidden in Sandy Hook, the other in Shark River Park.

Investigators have not said if the suspects confessed to the locations of the boxes, or if they learned of their locations through other means.

News 12 New Jersey has also learned more about Stern's one-time friend Liam McAtasney, the man police say strangled and killed her on the night of Dec. 2. 

Two days after Stern's disappearance, McAtasney suddenly quit his job as a waiter at a local restaurant. It's a job he worked at for years, and he showed no signs he was about to quit.

Police say the other suspect, Preston Taylor, drove her car and helped throw her body into the river. Her car was found on the Route 35 bridge.

Sarah's father, Michael Stern, remains confident her body will be found, and that the discovery of the missing items from his home will be enough for a conviction even if her body never turns up.

Taylor is scheduled for a detention hearing on Tuesday and McAtasney's court date is scheduled for a week later.

Crews searched for Stern's remains throughout the weekend before suspending their efforts Sunday afternoon.

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