Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported an arrest in the case of a Camden man killed in 2013 whose remains were found in a bin on the site of Interstate 676.
Lashaun Brown-Bunch, M/21, of Camden, was arrested Friday and charged with Murder in the death of Adrian Rivera. He was ordered held on $1 million bail in an arraignment Monday afternoon.
Brown-Bunch’s arrest is the culmination of nearly six months of investigation that began when Rivera’s remains were found in a red recycling receptacle near mile marker 1.6 of I-676. The remains were significantly decayed, and there were no identifying materials on the victim. Also impossible to determine at the time was cause of death.
Rivera, a 23-year-old Camden man, had been reported missing by his family on October 15, 2013 and some physical evidence led detectives to believe he was the victim, but they were unable to prove it. It wasn’t until May 17, 2014 that detectives received the results of DNA tests confirming the victim’s identity.
Two days later, on May 19, 2014, a medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
Over the previous five months detectives with the Prosecutor’s Office and Camden County Police had gathered evidence that pointed to several persons of interest in the death, and the homicide ruling from the medical examiner allowed investigators to move forward with charges against those persons of interest.
It is alleged that in August 2013 Rivera took $2,000 in narcotics he had been responsible for selling and Brown-Bunch decided to exact a penalty.
It is alleged Brown-Bunch killed Rivera at an abandoned home on the 1700 block of Norris Street where Rivera had been living some time in August 2013. Evidence gathered at the home included blood in a second story bedroom, and a witness told investigators he saw Brown-Bunch hacking at Rivera with a sharp object while the victim was also attacked by a pit bull.
Rivera’s remains were put into the recycling receptacle. It is alleged another man, Shawn Mosley, M/34, of Camden, drove the remains to the highway and left them there. Mosley was charged May 19 with Hindering Apprehension and Desecration of Human Remains.
An investigation into this death is ongoing and charges against other individuals are possible.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.