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Man arrested in case of woman’s dismembered remains

July 14, 2018

LAWRENCE, N.J. (AP) — State police say a man has been arrested in connection with the burned and dismembered remains of a woman found in New Jersey last week.

Fifty-two-year-old Dennis Parrish of Vineland is charged with desecration of human remains and moving human remains, but isn’t charged with causing the death of 32-year-old Tonya Cook.

Prosecutors in Cumberland County say a passer-by spotted Cook’s remains July 2 in a field in Lawrence Township. Parrish was arrested Thursday at a hotel in Absecon. A detention hearing is scheduled next week.

State police say the homicide investigation continues but haven’t said how Cook died or if there are other suspects.

It’s unclear whether Parrish has an attorney; a person answering a number listed in his name Saturday said it was a wrong number.

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