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Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017

 Public’s Help Needed to Solve 1982 Homicide in Madison

It soon will be 35 years since James Wescoe was found murdered at the Madison train station. The passage of time has not lessened the desire of law enforcement authorities to solve this crime.

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To that end, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen are calling on the public to provide any assistance it can to solve Wescoe’s murder.

On Thursday October 21, 1982, at about 3:14 a.m., Madison police were alerted by a Conrail train employee reporting a person lying on the station’s upper eastbound train platform.  Upon the arrival of police, a deceased male was found in the platform area.  The male was later identified as James Wescoe, 34, of New Providence. It was subsequently determined that he died as a result of a homicide.

Only available photo of James Wescoe

Only available photo of James Wescoe

The investigation found that Wescoe had been at the Park Tavern in Madison at about 12:30 a.m. on October 21. He was last seen alive at approximately 12:50 a.m. that day in the area of Lincoln Place.

This Saturday, October 21, will mark the  35th anniversary of Wescoe’s homicide.  Law enforcement remains committed to solving this case and providing answers regarding the death of this victim.

photo of Madison train station

Madison train station

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Madison Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office-Major Crimes Unit have continued to make efforts to solve this crime.

Through those continued investigative efforts, and with the use of technological and forensic advances, law enforcement remains confident this homicide can be solved.

“Although this case is 35-years-old, we are just as eager to solve this case as our predecessors were in 1982,” Chief Dachisen said. “We owe it to the victim and his family to continue the investigation and take a fresh look.”

If anyone has any information that they believe can aid investigators in this matter, they are asked to call Madison Police Sgt. Paul Kosakowski at 973-593-3007, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office-Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, or CrimeStoppers at 973-Cop-Call.

Inquiries can be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.