Human remains have been discovered in the search for an 18-year-old woman who vanished after a night out with friends in New Jersey last year, prosecutors said Thursday.
Prosecutors say 19-year-old Antony Freay, who was arrested two days earlier on charges of disturbing human remains and concealing evidence, among other offenses, in the June 2014 disappearance of Dumont resident Mila Kostadinova pointed investigators to the area in the Palisades in Alpine where the remains were discovered Wednesday.
Freay allegedly confessed to having dumped Kostadinova's body there, prosecutors say. Authorities say DNA tests will be conducted to confirm the identity, but authorities believe, based on the evidence and statements from Freay, that it is Kostadinova.
Kostadinova was reported missing by her family last year after a night out with friends. She had last been seen at Freay's home in Cresskill. Authorities believe Kostadinova died of a drug overdose and Freay disposed of her body.
Freay faces a bevy of charges in the case, including failure to report the death of a person, hindering apprehension by concealing evidence, providing false information and unlawfully desecrating or damaging human remains, but has not been charged with killing the young woman.
Freay pleaded not guilty at a court appearance Wednesday. At his arraignment, his lawyer said if authorities had been called when the woman overdosed, "none of this would have happened."