YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 19-year-old Cresskill man kept the body of a missing 18-year-old Dumont woman in his home before dumping it off the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine after she overdosed on drugs, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.
Antony Freay led investigators late this morning to the spot where he illegally disposed of the body Mila Kostadinova, the prosecutor said.
Although a body was found near the Women’s Federation Monument, it had to be positively identified, Molinelli said.
Freay, meanwhile, was ordered held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Superior Court in Hackensack this afternoon.
“He didn’t kill her,” Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. “But he didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911 when she died.”
Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed that Kostadinova’s body remained at Freay’s Jefferson Avenue home for an undisclosed period before being disposed.
Freay, who is single and unemployed, spent two days in the county lockup last month on marijuana possession charges before being released on $2,500 bail.
Soon after, “things began to come together,” a law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Kostadinova had taken to social networking a week before her June 2 disappearance, saying that her family upset her, that she’d found a new place to live and that she was extremely angry at some “hypocritical son of a bitch.”
“When people try to play me I go mad,” she tweeted. “When MY FAMILY tries to play me, it’s a whole new game….Keep proving why I can’t trust you.”
The 5-foot-2-inch, 90-pound Kostadinova wrote on May 28 about being “zombied out” on Klonopin — and, earlier, how she’d kicked smoking.
Her last tweet, on June 1, was “Feeling depressed :(.”
Just before that, she wrote: “Amy Winehouse, cigarettes and Oreos. Chill afternoon,” with the hashtag #crashingatsomeoneshouse.
The next day, she was gone, authorities said.
During the investigation that followed, Kostadinova “was determined to be in the company of several friends in the hours prior to her disappearance,” and at Freay’s house the morning she vanished, Molinelli confirmed.
Detectives from Molinelli’s office charged Freay this morning with unlawfully disturbing, moving or concealing human remains; unlawfully desecrating or damaging human remains; failing to report a death; and two counts of hindering — by concealing evidence and providing false information.
The prosecutor thanked the Dumont Police Department, Cresskill Police Department, Tenafly Police Department, Alpine Police Department and the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department for their assistance.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR
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