UNION, NJ – A Maplewood man found dead in the yard of a Union Township residence early Tuesday was murdered, local authorities said in a press release.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has identified the victim of the homicide as 25-year-old Matthew Murrell of Maplewood. 

According to the press release, police responded to a home on the 800 block of Salem Road shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday to find the body of Murrell in the yard.  He was pronounced dead a short while later.

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A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Union Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit remains ongoing.  Anyone with information about the matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Rudolfo Correia at 908-418-5800.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Tips can be provided anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS(8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.uctip.org.