Carolyn Byington

‘It was not an accident’: Young exec takes lunch break, never returns to work. Police find her mysteriously dead inside apartment

Police say that a New Jersey woman found mysteriously dead in her apartment was a victim of homicide.

Nj.com reports that 26-year-old Carolyn Byington took a lunch break from her job as a senior associate at the Engine marketing firm in Princeton, and was scheduled to report back to work on Monday. When her co-workers hadn’t seen or heard from her, they contacted authorities for a welfare check.

Shortly before 6 p.m., police found Carolyn deceased inside her Hunters Glen apartment in Plainsboro. Authorities determined that the death wasn’t an accident. How she died, however, remains a mystery. Neighbors reported that they heard faint screams coming from her apartment and according to ABC 7, they also heard the sounds of furniture being moved around.

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Middlesex County Medical Examiner ruled Carolyn’s manner of death a homicide. Authorities have not revealed whether they have a suspect of person of interest in mind.

“The woman’s death is being investigated by Detective Tim McMahon of the Plainsboro Police Department and Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office,” police said in a press statement. “The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McMahon at 609-799-2333 ext. 1627, or Detective Abromaitis at 732-745-4436.​”

Carolyn grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in 2015, and lived abroad as an English teaching assistant in Japan for a year. She’s survived by a younger sister and her parents, Robert Byington and Jennifer Byington.

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