(KEANSBURG, N.J.) — A New Jersey man is behind bars after a cleaning crew’s discovery of his daughter’s remains in a crawl space under his former home.
Dennis L. Adler, 57, was arrested and charged with second-degree disturbing of human remains by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Keansburg Police Department responded to a call Tuesday from a cleaning service working at the house in regard to the possible discovery of human remains, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.
“Upon arrival at the scene, Keansburg Police confirmed the discovery of skeletal remains at the location and contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, and a joint investigation was immediately undertaken,” the release said.
The remains were taken to a medical examiner’s office where an autopsy and dental records comparison confirmed that the remains belonged to Kimberly Adler, who would be 27 now, according to prosecutors.
The medical examiner determined that Adler was likely 23 at the time of her death, so she would have been dead for about four years before being discovered. Prosecutors have yet to release a cause of death and her father has not been charged for her death.
Adler was charged for disturbing of human remains after the investigation concluded that he had concealed his daughter’s remains “within their home for a period of time in 2008,” according to prosecutors.
At some point after 2008, Adler “concealed his daughter’s body beneath the crawl space” under his house, prosecutors allege.
“Kimberly Adler was never reported missing and, as such, law enforcement was unaware of her death until the discovery of her remains April 3,” the news release said.
Members of the Adler family did not respond to requests for comment, but Greg Adler, the victim’s brother, posted the following on his Facebook:
“I’m putting this to rest tonight: the remains found at 45 Campview Pl are in fact those of my little sister Kimberly Ann Adler (27 years old) … I’m sorry for posting this here but it is easier for me to post this here and put the rumors to rest … I do not want to go into further detail on what happened and that is how it will stay.”
Dennis Adler is being held in jail with a $100,000 bail.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire