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Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey · Page 28

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Thursday, January 31, 1991
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C4 Asbury Park PressThursday, January 31, 1991 Skeleton is remains of missing man AslC IlLE U11ET The Best Selection of -Ceramic Tile Products in Central Jersey! f Buy Direct From the Importer! to identify the skeleton as that of Todd Sonnenfeld, Birch Street, Beachwood, said Ocean County Prosecutor James W.Holzapfel. Although the medical examiner has not ruled on the cause of death, Holzap-fel said it appears Sonnenfeld did not die of natural causes, so the case will be pursued as a murder investigation. Sonnenfeld was reported missing June 3 by his parents, with whom he PRESS TOMS RIVER BUREAU A SKELETON found Monday in a wooded area off Route 530 in Berkeley Township is the remains of a 24-year-old Beachwood man who disappeared in June, said investigators, who suspect foul play. Doctors from the state medical examiner's office in Newark Tuesday used bones, dental records and clothing boards and utility poles in Beachwood and the surrounding area with posters of Todd Sonnenfeld last summer and offered a $2,000 reward for information about his disappearance. He was last seen about 1 a.m. June 1 drinking with friends at Spirits Sports Bar, Route 37, Dover Township. He threw his car keys to a friend and started to walk home, the prosecutor said. That was the last his friends saw ofhim, Holzapfelsaid. ; lived. Sonnenfeld's parents were in Florida when they got the news Tuesday night and were making arrangements to return to New Jersey Wednesday, said Karl Sonnenfeld, Todd's brother. Even though his brother had been missing for almost seven months, the family had not abandoned hope of seeing him again, he said. The family had plastered bulletin Floor And Wall Tile From No Gimmicks! No Tricks! 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