The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Belleville Police Department are investigating a suspicious death in Belleville, near the Newark border.
At approximately 5:06 a.m. Belleville Police were dispatched to 2 Honiss Street in Belleville. When they arrived at the scene they found an unresponsive male in the parking lot. He was later identified as Daniel Mejia, 23, of Newark. Mr. Mejia lived in Newark not far from the location where his body was discovered.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time the death has been classified as a suspicious death, pending the autopsy which is scheduled for tomorrow. There appears to be some trauma to the body.
It is unclear at this point whether Mr. Mejia died at the location where he was discovered or whether the body was dumped there. When Mr. Mejia was found, he had no shoes on his feet, only socks.
No other details are available at this time. It is an active and ongoing investigation.