NJ man charged in 23-year-old killing

A New Jersey man has been charged with murder in the death of a teenager who disappeared in 1990. The 15-year-old's body was found a year later.

The disappearance of a 15-year-old New Jersey boy in 1990 grew even more grim the next year, when a hunter stumbled across his body in some woods.

Investigators could not tell what happened to Frederick Hart, or even how he died.

But now, more than two decades later, a man’s decision to turn himself in may finally solve a case that has been a mystery for nearly 23 years.

Steven Goff, now 41, showed up at a police station in Galloway Township, N.J., early Monday morning and apparently had what police needed to arrest him in the 1990 slaying.

He remained behind bars on $1 million bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutors did not confirm the man confessed or elaborate on the information he provided.

But they now allege that Goff stabbed Hart with a knife in the woods behind a condominium complex in Galloway Township, N.J., on May 7, 1990. Goff was 18 at the time.

Hart was reported missing the next day. A hunter found his remains in December of 1991. They were too decomposed for investigators to determine the cause of his death.

Goff, who lives in Ventnor City, N.J., is charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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