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Susan Negersmith murder mystery: Jerry Rosado of Millville, NJ arrested in connection with 32-year-old sexual assault


WILDWOOD, New Jersey – New Jersey authorities have made an arrest in a decades-old homicide investigation.

On Friday, the Cape May County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Jerry Rosado, 62, of Millville, New Jersey, for allegedly sexually assaulting 20-year-old Susan Negersmith in 1990.

(The video in the player above is from a 2015 interview with Susan Negersmith’s family.)

Negersmith, of Carmel, New York, was in Wildwood with friends for Memorial Day weekend. On May 27, 1990, investigators found her partially clothed body behind a storage area in town.

An autopsy determined that she had been sexually assaulted before her death.

A DNA profile was identified from Negersmith’s body during the 32-year investigation. In 2018, new technology helped investigators match the profile to Jerry Rosado.

“Countless law enforcement professionals and prosecutors have worked to solve this case over the past thirty-two years and their dedicated collective effort, in conjunction with improvements in DNA technology and genetic genealogy analysis, led to this long-awaited arrest.I want to commend in particular the Cape May County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unsolved Cases Unit for their tireless efforts to finally bring justice to the Negersmith family,” prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland said.

In 2015, the Negersmith family spoke about the case to our sister station WABC. The woman’s death was initially ruled accidental before being ruled a homicide.

“And the way it was covered up, three years to have it said homicide, as it should have been from the start,” said the victim’s sister, Dawn Negersmith.

“It was just a young girl, 20, downstairs with her friends. She didn’t deserve this. No one deserves this,” added Emily Negersmith, the victim’s sister.

According to court records, Rosado was arrested on Friday. He is charged with second degree sexual assault.

A person convicted of a second degree felony is liable to imprisonment for 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

No murder charges have been filed in the case, but authorities say new charges could be filed if additional information becomes available.

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