An argument over money led to the beating death of a South Jersey woman at the hands of a co-worker who she took into her home, prosecutors in Camden County said.
Susan Johnson was found dead on Friday after going missing a week earlier, prosecutors said. The 59-year-old's body was discovered in a wooded area off the 5000 block of Commonwealth Avenue in Evesham Township after a witness to the murder led investigators there, prosecutors said.
Johnson was beaten to death on Dec. 5 by her co-worker, 30-year-old Miguel Angel Diaz, inside her home along the unit block of Skyline Drive in Gloucester Township, prosecutors said. The two worked in an office cleaning business.
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Prosecutors said the victim took in Diaz and the female murder witness into her home after they needed a place to stay.
Investigators said Diaz and Johnson got into an argument about a money-related matter before the beating occurred. The woman was reported missing after she didn't show up for work and police found signs of a struggle inside her home on Thursday.
Detectives questioned Diaz and his female companion on Friday and those conversations ended with police finding Johnson's body.
A post-mortem exam found that Johnson died of blunt force trauma to the head, officials said.
Diaz has been charged with first degree murder. He will be arraigned on Monday morning.