CAMDEN, NJ — The body of Camden resident Curtis Jenkins III was found late Tuesday night, two days after his apparent abduction from the Fairview neighborhood, according to police.
Jenkins, 20, was found dead by authorities around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in an abandoned garage on the 1100 block of Liberty Street, said Dan Keashen, a spokesperson for the Camden County Police Department.
No further details were released. A news conference is expected today with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Keashen said.
Jenkins, the grandson of Camden City Council President Curtis Jenkins, had been reported missing Monday. He was last seen near the 2700 block of Congress Road a day earlier.
Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson said Tuesday that charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault had been brought against Brandon Beverly, 32, from the 1300 block of Shetland Way, in connection with the abduction of Jenkins.
“Based on the information from the investigation thus far, we do not believe this was a random act, but rather a calculated plot to entrap and abduct the victim,” Thomson said in a statement released.
Family and friends launched a search party for Jenkins on Tuesday and held a prayer vigil in Farnham Park later that day.
Jenkins was found about a block from his residence on the 1000 block of Mechanic Street.
Jenkins worked in the Camden County Clerk's Office and delivered food platters on the side through a business linked to his Facebook page.
Mayor Frank Moran and Camden City officials posted a statement to Twitter on Wednesday:
"The Mayor along with City government send our prayers to City Council President Curtis Jenkins, the Jenkins family, extended family & friends at this difficult time," the post read.
A message also came from Gov. Phil Murphy, who said he was "appalled by the news of the senseless murder of Curtis Jenkins III, a young man who was continuing his family’s tradition of bringing positive change to Camden."
"Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Jenkins family – including his grandfather, City Council President Curtis Jenkins, Sr – and everyone who knew and loved him. I encourage anyone with information into this horrible crime to contact the Camden County Police Department. And, I recommit our administration’s efforts to helping move the entire City of Camden forward," his statement read.