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Millville, New Jersey’s Jerry Rosado arrested 31+ years after Carmel, New York’s Susan Negersmith’s death

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Jerry Lewis Rosado, 62, of Millville, New Jersey, United States has been arrested. Aside from Millville, he has lived in other parts of New Jersey including Newport, Sicklerville and Dorchester.

On May 27, 1990, Rosado allegedly sexually abused Susan Negersmith, 20, of Carmel, Putnam County, New York, USA. She was found dead in Wildwood, Cape May County, New Jersey that day.

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On May 26, 1990, Negersmith and her friends were in Wildwood to party before Memorial Day. They rented a hotel room there and drank a lot of beer and liquor. 

On the morning of May 27, 1990, a worker found Negersmith dead in a rear outside storage area adjacent to Schellenger’s, an eclectic seafood restaurant with a roof covered in nautical knickknacks in Wildwood. Her shoes were missing and her feet were clean.

Initially, the state of New Jersey and Cape May County medical examiners ruled that Negersmith’s death was accidental due to alcohol intoxication and exposure. Years later, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden later concluded that she had been raped and smothered.

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In July 1993, the state of New Jersey reversed the original autopsy. In 1995, Cape May County changed the manner of death in Negersmith’s death certificate from accidental to homicide.

Investigators found unknown short tandem repeat (STR) deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profile on her body. It was tested against many people of interest with negative results.

In 2018, the Major Crimes Unit of the Cape May Prosecutor’s Office established a Genetic Genealogy analysis of the unknown STR DNA found on Negersmith’s body. Using new DNA technology, investigators were able to match it to him.

On April 8, 2022, Rosado was arrested and was charged with the second-degree sexual assault of Negersmith. He has not been charged in connection with her death but should additional information become available, further charges could be made.

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