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South Jersey Man Dismembered, Burned Woman's Body: Prosecutor

Dennis Parrish and Tonya Cook
Dennis Parrish and Tonya Cook Photo Credit: New Jersey State Police/GoFundMe photo

A Cumberland County man has been found guilty of killing a woman before dismembering and burning her body, authorities said.

Dennis Parrish of Vineland was found guilty of murder and desecration of human remains on Monday Aug. 1 after a jury trial, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. 

Evidence presented during the trial found that Parrish used blunt force trauma to kill Tonya Cook and then took her dismembered remains to a farm field in Cedarville, Lawrence Township, where they were burned. 

Cook's remains were found Monday, July 2, 2018. Ten days later, Parrish was arrested at a hotel in Absecon.

A GoFundMe page launched for Cook's funeral expenses remembered her as "proof that good people do exist in this world and we can understand each other’s pain."

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