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Liam McAtasney, as he appeared in court on March 16, 2017, for a pre-trial conference. McAtasney, 19, was indicted April 24, 2017, in the death of missing Neptune teen Sarah Stern.
FREEHOLD -- A Neptune City teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with the death of his childhood friend, Sarah Stern. Preston Taylor, 19, was charged with helping his other high school friend, Liam McAtasney, dump Stern's body off the Route 35 bridge in Belmar early Dec. 3. Taylor agreed to testify against McAtasney as part of the plea agreement, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Taylor was arrested on Feb. 2, nearly two months after Stern was reported missing.
OCEAN TOWNSHIP --Monmouth County authorities are investigating the death of a man found Saturday in the woods in Ocean Township. Township police received a 911 call around 5:39 p.m. reporting a man lying unconscious in the woods near 901 Collins Ave., said Charlie Webster, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The victim, a 35-year-old man whose name has not yet been released, lived nearby in Ocean Township, Webster said.