Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016


This Saturday, May 28, marks the five year anniversary of the murder of Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine.


On Saturday, May 28, 2011, in the middle of Memorial Day weekend, Steve was found murdered inside of his place of business, the Kenvil Diner, located on Route 46 in the Kenvil section of Roxbury.  At the time of his death, Steve had been the owner/operator of the diner for approximately 30 years.

Five years later, multiple law enforcement agencies remain committed to actively pursuing any and all information that may lead to an arrest.  At the same time, the Ezzeddine family continues to deeply mourn this horrific tragedy and the loss of their loved one.

The Ezzeddine family, in coordination with friends and family, have now increased the reward leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the murder of their patriarch.

Coupled with the Morris County CrimeStoppers reward money, the total reward has now been doubled from $25,000 to $50,000.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.

Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine

Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine

Over the course of the last five years, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Roxbury Police have worked with numerous law enforcement agencies on the investigation of this crime.

Those agencies include the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New York City Police Department, New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is strongly encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or, the Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2100, or Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL.

Persons reporting any information may remain anonymous.  Information on how to leave an anonymous call or text message can be found at the Crimestoppers Program website at

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected]. or 973-285-6215.