Trupal Patel Found Dead

Trupal Patel (29) of Brick, NJ was found dead in Shark River Park off Gully Road in Wall Township on February 22, 2017.

The body of Trupal Patel was discovered along the side of Gully Road by a Monmouth County Park Ranger.

Trupal Patel, Brick, NJ Found DeadTrupal Patel

A murder investigation has been launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Township Police.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office:

…the identity of Mr. Patel was confirmed and it was discovered he had been reported missing to the Asbury Park Police Department by a friend on February 9, 2017. A vehicle he had been driving prior to his disappearance was discovered abandoned on an Asbury Park street on that same day.

Trupal Patel's Abandoned VehicleTrupal Patel’s Abandoned Vehicle

Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Detective Pamela Smith of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443, Detective Michael Steitz of the Wall Township Police Department at 732-449-4500 or Detective Gabriel Carrasquillo of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.

Anonymous Callers

Anyone with information about the disappearance and murder of Trupal Patel, but who wishes to remain anonymous can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-671-4400 or text “MONMOUTH” and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).


Joseph C. Villani (20) of Ocean Township, NJ has been charged Saturday February 25, 2017 with the murder of Trupal Patel by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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