Person of Interest In Custody After Woman Is Found Bludgeoned To Death In Her Bed In NJ Home

The death of a 38-year-old woman whose corpse was discovered in her house yesterday afternoon is being investigated as a homicide, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Laurel Township Police Chief Stephen Riedener.

Melissa Malcolm, 38, was discovered dead in her bed after Mount Laurel Police Department officers entered the house to conduct a wellness check after she failed to show up for work at roughly 12:30 p.m.

According to the preliminary inquiry, she was hit in the head with a blunt object. Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The house is located on Mount Laurel Road in the 600 block.

A person of interest has been apprehended in connection with the inquiry into her death. Andrew Kramer, 31, of Mantua, a friend of Malcolm’s, used her debit card to withdraw money from convenience store cash machines between 2:15 a.m. in Marlton and 4 a.m. in Brooklawn yesterday. At the time, he was driving her silver 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.


Kramer was next seen in Philadelphia, when he approached a man and told him he needed a ride while holding a gun to his head. Kramer was told by the victim that he could stay in his garage. The victim shut Kramer in the garage once he entered it and contacted the cops, who arrived and put him into custody.

Kramer is facing charges of firearms violations and making terroristic threats, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. Charges of credit card and vehicle theft are being prepared against him by the BCPO. Kramer has not been charged with homicide in connection with Malcolm’s death.

Malcolm’s 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has the New Jersey license plate number M73 HKY, is missing, and police are appealing for the public’s aid in finding it. Anyone who sees the car is encouraged to contact Mount Laurel Police at 856-234-1414, ext. 1524.

The BCPO, Mount Laurel Police Department, and Philadelphia Police Department are all involved in the inquiry.


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