Judge admits concern over the actions of Preston Taylor’s father after missing teen Sarah Stern’s death

A Monmouth County judge says that he is concerned over the admitted actions of the father of a suspect accused in missing Neptune City resident Sarah Stern's death and disappearance.

Jeremiah Taylor, father of suspect Preston Taylor, admitted at his son's bail hearing that he moved his son's belongings out of the place he shared with alleged murder suspect Liam McAtasney once details of Stern's death emerged. He also admitted to washing everything before bringing them back.

Judge David Bauman said that he was concerned by this development.

Jeremiah Taylor told the judge that he would stay with his son at all times if the judge agreed to let him out of jail until the trial. It was a request that Bauman denied.

The father also admitted to finding marijuana in his son's possessions and not reporting it to the police. It came out in court that Preston Taylor has a prior conviction of possessing pot.

Preston Taylor is accused of helping to cover up the robbery and murder of the 19-year-old Stern in December 2016. McAtasney is said to have strangled the teen and robbed her of thousands of dollars.

It is believed that Stern's body was thrown off the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar into the Shark River below. Her body has not yet been found.

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