SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An unsolved murder case from the annals of South Brunswick history has reached a sad anniversary this week. The township and the county cannot let continue as an unresolved issue and are renewing efforts to solve the murder of Aileen Morris. After all, a responding officer at the time was current police Chief Raymond Hayducka, and he remains focused on solving the death of a Krauszer's cashier in 1989.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L. C. Kuberiet and Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced that detectives are renewing efforts to generate new leads in a 30-year-old murder case. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of a mother of nine in a convenience store in South Brunswick, says a report issued by the County Prosecutor's office today.
The victim Aileen Morris, age 39, was working as a cashier in Krauszer's Food store on Alston Road just off Route 27. On October 10, 1989, at 11:40 am, a customer walked in to the store and found Ms. Morris shot to death behind the counter. Detectives pieced together the timeline and believed the murder took place in a 15-minute window of opportunity. Detectives questioned friends, customers, and people who frequented the store. They followed leads all around the state, but the case remains unsolved.
Morris, a married mother of nine, was killed for about $400, according to media reports at the time. Her killer has never been found.
Chief Raymond Hayducka, who was one of the first patrolmen to respond to the call is asking for the public’s assistance. “Time may have passed, but we know the answers are out there,” he said. “Someone reading this has that one piece of information that can help us catch the killer, and they can remain anonymous,” he added.
Renee Morris, Aileen’s daughter said her mom was a hard-working woman. “She was always working two or three jobs. There were nine of us ranging in age from 18 to 7 at the time she was killed. She was always helping other people. Our Constable Road home dinner table often had people eating at it because they had nowhere else to go,” she said.
Acting Prosecutor Kuberiet and Police Chief Hayducka are requesting the public’s assistance and are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers or call the Detective Sergeant Mike Pellino or Detective Rick Delucia of the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7496.
Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement to enable the public to anonymously submit crime information and will pay a cash reward should it lead to an arrest.
Tip information may be provided anonymously by calling 1-800-939-9600 or submitted online at www.middlesextips.com. Tips may also be sent by text messaging 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword: “midtip” followed by the tip information.
Those who provide information will be given a unique numerical code that that allows them to communicate with the program and collect a reward should their information lead to an arrest. All reward amounts are approved and set by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.