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Man arrested in death of homeless man in Dover

DOVER, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been arrested in connection with the death of a homeless man early Wednesday morning in Dover, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Wilfredo Cabrera-Masariegos, 34, of Dover was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

On July 26, at around 1:56a.m., police responded to the railroad tracks near West Clinton Street for a report of a deceased person.  Upon arrival, officers located 47-year-old Rene Rivera Hernandez, 47, who frequented the Dover area, deceased on the railroad tracks, Carroll said.

An examination by the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed blunt force injury to the victim’s head, and the manner of death has been ruled homicide, Carroll said.

A further investigation revealed that Cabrera-Masariegos and the Hernandez were on the railroad tracks under a highway bridge in the late evening hours of July 25. It is alleged that Cabrera-Masariegos struck him in the head with a rock and fled the scene, Carroll said.

Cabrera-Masariego was charged and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing, Carroll said.

The Dover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Dover Police Department at 973-366-2200.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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