Lacking grandson of Camden, New Jersey Metropolis Council president discovered lifeless; kidnapping suspect arrested

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CAMDEN, N.J. — The physique of the lacking grandson of the Camden Metropolis Council president was discovered simply hours after police made an arrest in his kidnapping.

Authorities found the physique of 20-year-old Curtis Jenkins III late Tuesday evening within the 1100 block of Liberty Avenue in Camden.

Police mentioned Jenkins III was reported lacking on Monday and final seen close to the 2700 block of Congress Street, simply 5 minutes from his house.

Jenkins is the grandson of Camden Metropolis Council President Curtis Jenkins.

Simply hours earlier than police found the sufferer’s physique, they arrested 32-year-old Brandon Beverly on costs of kidnapping and aggravated assault associated to the disappearance of Jenkins III, however further particulars on the arrest haven’t been launched.

Chief Scott Thompson mentioned that he believes this was not a random act however reasonably a calculated plot to entrap and abduct the sufferer.

Jenkins III had a meals supply service out of his house and was delivering an order simply earlier than he went lacking, his household mentioned.

Relations imagine he was led to a false handle. Nonetheless, police haven’t confirmed these particulars.

“Anyone ordered meals that he had cooked. Anyone positioned an order and requested for supply. And when he obtained there, it was like a false handle,” mentioned Curtis’ aunt, Lynette Jenkins.

As authorities canvassed the world trying to find leads, household and buddies clung to hope at a vigil late Tuesday evening.

“With every passing hour when you do not hear something, it simply does not appear actual that it is occurring to this household,” mentioned Curtis’ grandfather, Camden Metropolis Council President Curtis Jenkins.

No additional particulars have been launched on Jenkins III’s loss of life.

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