SOMERVILLE, NJ - The woman found dead off Route 22 near Route 28 on Wednesday, April 5, in Branchburg has been identified, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The victim has been identified as 29-year old, Ashley M. Castro, from Hopatcong. The cause and manner of death is pending further testing, according to release. 

The New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark performed a post mortem examination yesterday. 

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"Detectives are working tirelessly to gather facts surrounding the death of Ms. Castro, and are requesting the public’s assistance in establishing Ms. Castro’s recent whereabouts," Robertson said in a statement. 

Anyone who recently contacted Castro are urged to contact law enforcement authorities. 

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Young request anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Branchburg Township Police Department (908) 526-3830 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at or and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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