MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - When Carolyn Byington went home for lunch and never returned, her concerned coworkers called the police. The Plainsboro PD did a "wellness check" at 5:57. Upon arrival, the police found the victim deceased in her apartment. She was pronounced dead at 7:36 pm.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Fred Tavener of the Plainsboro Police Department said today that a man from Camden County has been arrested in the death of Byington who was found deceased in her apartment on June 10, 2019.
Kenneth C. Saal, 30, of Lindenwold, in Camden County, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the third degree.
The charges were filed following an investigation by the Plainsboro Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
On August 21, 2019, Saal was apprehended at his residence by members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Plainsboro Police Department, with the assistance of the Lindenwold Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office - Homicide Unit.
“I sincerely thank and commend the many dedicated members of law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to solve this homicide, and apprehend the defendant. The investigation has been a top priority since the crime occurred, ” said Middlesex Prosecutor Andrew Carey, “I hope that the arrest brings at least some sense of peace to the friends and family of Carolyn, as well as the greater community.”
The investigation determined that on June 10, 2019, Saal, a coworker at a marketing firm in the Plainsboro area, killed 26-year-old Carolyn Byington, of Plainsboro in her apartment when she went home for lunch.
The Plainsboro Police responded to the home after they were asked by other coworkers to do a wellness check on the victim at approximately 5:57 pm. Upon arrival the police found the victim deceased in her apartment. She was pronounced dead at 7:36 pm.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tim McMahon of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333 ext. 1627, or Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4436.
As in the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Saal are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.