Jennifer Whipkey, age 22, of Clarksboro, East Greenwich Township, was found stabbed to death in West Deptford Township shortly after 11:00 a.m. on May 26, 2002. Ms. Whipkey’s body was found in a wooded area on Woodbury Terrace. She suffered numerous stab wounds. The location of the discovery is across the street from the Westwood Motel which is a short distance from Interstate 295 and north of Delaware Street. Ms. Whipkey, the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, had been socializing with friends at various locations in northern Gloucester County, including the Adelphia nightclub near the Deptford Mall in Deptford, NJ. She was last seen at the Adelphia nightclub just after 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2002.
On December 21, 2008, Brian Mertz, of West Deptford, New Jersey, was arrested as a result of a six-year, cooperative investigation. On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Mertz was indicted by the Gloucester County Grand Jury for the murder of Jennifer Whipkey.
West Deptford Township Police Department
Det. Grant Worrell
856-845-4004, ext. 165
|Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office |
Lt. Langdon Sills