According to CrimeOnline, Prosecutors in New Jersey are looking into the death of a local Freehold woman, Stephanie Parze, who disappeared on September 30, 2019, and was later found dead off of a highway months later. Investigators have performed digital forensics to help ascertain clues as to who may be responsible for her death.
An immediate suspect of Parze’s death was her ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen. A forensic review was performed on Ozbilgen’s cell phone and multiple images of child pornography were located on the device. Ozbilgen was arrested and once bail was posted, he was found dead in his home a few days later. His death was ruled a suicide.
Prosecutors have now begun looking into Ozbilgen’s parents, as they believe there were text messages of interest sent and received with the parents after he allegedly killed Parze. When investigators asked the Ozbilgens for their cellphone passwords to perform a forensic analysis, the couple reportedly refused. There is currently an open investigation regarding the parent’s refusal, and it is possible they may face obstruction of justice charges.
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