2 charged in murder of missing Neptune teen; Body never found
Father speaks out after 2 charged in daughter's death in NJ
Josh Einiger reports from Belmar.
Friday, February 03, 2017
NEPTUNE, New Jersey (WABC) --
Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenager who went missing in New Jersey late last year.
The body of 19-year-old Sarah Stern still has not been found, but the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that 19-year-old Liam McAtasney and 19-year-old Preston Taylor are now charged in her death.
"I miss her," father Michael Stern said.
He'd been clinging to hope his daughter, his only child, would turn up alive.
Stern was last seen at home in Neptune City on December 2, and her car was later found abandoned on a bridge in Belmar with the keys still in the ignition.
Authorities say McAtasney, a former classmate, had gone to Stern's home with a plan to rob her. Instead, he is accused of strangling her. He then allegedly contacted Taylor for assistance in moving and ultimately disposing of the body.
Prosecutors say the pair drove her car to the bridge early the next morning and dumped her into the Shark River.
"They were best friends in like eighth grade, it's really shocking to me," said Sam Draper, a friend.
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