NORTH JERSEY — Thirty-five years after a New York City man’s body was discovered on the side of the road less than two miles from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, police have made an arrest in his murder.

On Wednesday, detectives with the North Jersey Regional Cold Case Task Force arrested 66-year-old David Garrido at the Midtown North Precinct in New York City following a renewed investigation by the force with assistance from the NYPD into the murder of then-29-year-old Ricardo Brown.

On June 25, 1985, Brown’s body was found in a wicker steamer trunk on the side of the road near Madison Circle Drive in East Rutherford. Three days later, his death was ruled a homicide after a postmortem examination revealed he had been shot in the head and strangled. Brown had been reported missing to the NYPD on June 18 of that year by his wife.

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In the summer of 1985, an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office ensued and Garrido was named a person of interest. On July 8 of that year, police recovered items of evidence during a search warrant into Garrido’s home, although no arrests were made at that time.

When detectives of the Task Force and the NYPD renewed the investigation this year into Brown’s murder, they ascertained that Brown had been involved in the illegal distribution of narcotics and that Garrido was a customer. Detectives also determined that the two men had been together when Garrido killed Brown and disposed of his corpse. 

Garrido is currently lodged in a New York City jail pending extradition to Bergen County.