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Local Authorities Seek Public’s Help to Solve 1982 Madison Train Station Murder

James Wescoe, who was found murdered at the Madison Train Station in 1982 Credits: Morris County Prosecutor's Office
Local authorities say they remain confident that the decades-old murder of James Wescoe can be solved. Credits: Google Maps

MADISON, NJ – Nearly 35 years after James Wescoe was found murdered at the Madison train station on Lincoln Place, authorities are still in search of clues that may help solve the case.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen ask the public to provide any information they can about the decades-old crime.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Madison Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit said they have continued to make efforts to solve this crime.

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Through continued investigative efforts and with the use of technological and forensic advancements, authorities say they remain confident that this homicide can be solved.

“Although this case is 35 years old, we are just as eager to solve this case as our predecessors were in 1982,” said Dachisen. “We owe it to the victim and his family to continue the investigation and take a fresh look.”

On Thursday Oct. 21, 1982 at about 3:14 a.m., Madison Police responded to a report that an unidentified person was lying on station’s eastbound platform. A body was found, and the victim was later identified as James Wescoe, 34, of New Providence.

Investigators ruled the death a homicide, and determined that Wescoe had been at the Park Tavern in Madison just after midnight on Oct. 21. He was last seen alive at approximately 12:50 a.m. that day near Lincoln Place.

If anyone has any information that may aid investigators, call Sgt. Paul Kosakowski of the Madison Police Department at 973-593-3007, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or CrimeStoppers at 973-Cop-Call.

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