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Body of NJ mom missing since New Year’s found using husband’s GPS device: officials

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (PIX11) – A missing New Jersey mother’s body was found in Maryland after investigators followed the GPS in her husband’s car.

Investigators combed through more than 8,600 coordinates that had been entered into the Garmin device.  Crosby had spent a “lengthy period of time” in the area where she was found, according to the prosecutor.

Using the device, investigators discovered 26-year-old Erica Crippen’s corpse buried under a pile of branches and tree limbs in Sykesville, Maryland, on Tuesday afternoon, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi.  She had been wrapped in a fleece blanket, and an electrical cord was wrapped around her neck, hands and feet and dumped in a wooded area off of Old Frederick Road. Duct tape had been placed over her her nose and face.

“Her family can now give Erica the proper burial that they have longed to provide,” Prosecutor  Bernardi said. “Domestic violence is a terrible scourge on our society. The result in this case was the
ultimate evil.”

Her husband Kyle Crosby, 28, has been charged with murder in Crippen’s death.  At the time of her disappearance Crippen was living with Crosby in Mount Laurel, their baby girl and her own 7-year-old daughter from another relationship.

Crosby’s 67-year-old mother, Jo, has been charged with hindering and tampering with physical evidence in the case.

“We believe Jo Crosby played a major role in helping her son Kyle conceal the crime of murder,” Prosecutor Bernardi said. “She assisted his efforts to conceal the body of his wife, Erica Crippen, after he took her life.”

“We believe Jo Crosby played a major role in helping her son Kyle conceal the crime of murder,” Prosecutor Bernardi said. “She assisted his efforts to conceal the body of his wife, Erica Crippen, after he took her life.”