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New Jersey State Police mourn death of K-9 Casto

New Jersey State Police are mourning the death of K-9 Casto, who passed away Wednesday night as a result of a ruptured mass in his stomach.

Sgt. Michael Leip named his partner, K-9 Casto, in honor of Trooper Marc Castellano, who was tragically killed in the line of duty, state police said.

Since 2010, Casto was a patrol and narcotics K-9 responsible for narcotics sniffs resulting in millions of dollars in narcotics and cash seizures. He also worked with the NJSP and local agencies tracking numerous suspects and civilians.

K-9 Casto assisted in hundreds of fugitive investigations as well as assisted members with executing search warrants.

Sgt. Leip along with his partner Casto deescalated many high-risk suspect encounters, resulting in peaceful surrenders.

Casto was a tremendous asset to the Division and to the citizens of New Jersey. He served with honor and bravery, state police said.

“But most importantly, he was a loyal partner and loving friend to Sgt. Leip. He will be sorely missed. We know he made Trooper Marc Castellano proud. Now they are together,” state police said.

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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