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UPDATE: 'Suspicious Death' of Clark Resident Now Ruled a Homicide

The Union County Medical Examiner has concluded that Joseph Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma. Anyone with information regarding the homicide is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers.

Update, May 16, 7 p.m.

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Original story, May 14, 4:30 p.m.:

This release was provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department are in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a township man on Monday afternoon, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Joseph Galfy of Starlite Drive was found unresponsive in his home around 2 p.m. on Monday. Officers were called to the home for a welfare check and discovered the victim, said Romankow.

It was considered a "suspicious death" until late this afternoon when the Union County Medical Examiner concluded an autopsy and determined that Mr. Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect or suspects in the death of Mr. Galfy. Crime Stoppers may be reached at (908) 654-TIPS or www.uctip.org.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Our story from yesterday, May 13:

Clark Police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office are in the process of investigating what they are referring to as a suspicious death at 46 Starlite Drive in Clark.

According to the prosecutor's office, police were called to the home to perform a welfare check when the victim did not report to work and could not be reached by phone.

Neighbors said that the home was occupied by Joseph Galfy, approximately 70 years old, an attorney in Rahway. However, neither the Union County Prosecutor's Office nor Clark Police would confirm the victim's identity at this time. 

The prosecutor's office said an autopsy will be performed and more information may be released tomorrow.

According to a neighbor, two police cars arrived to the home in the early afternoon and shortly after, police began arriving en masse and the cul de sac was cordoned off with police tape.

Around 8 p.m., the Union County Homicide Task Force and Clark Police were still on the scene, along with investigators in booties and gloves and several news vans.

Referring to Galfy, a neighbor said, "He was a real nice guy as far as I know. He would wave hi and goodbye and was very friendly. He has lived there at least 15 years, first with his partner, who died about five years ago. As far as I know, he was the only one living there now."

The neighbor said the Union County Homicide Task Force has been interviewing all the neighbors on the block, asking in particular if there was anyone working on the house and if they saw anything unusual.  

“Seeing the scene being roped off with the amount of police presence definitely makes you uncomfortable," said the neighbor. "It strikes a nerve. You start to think about your own safety. Clark is relatively a very safe town and community, but crime and other things don’t discriminate by location."

Another neighbor reported that she told police the motion sensor on her home went off in the middle of the night and she found that unusual.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


John May 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Clark police need to be the lead investigators on this homicide investigation. It appears that the ucpo did not get the job done on the last homicide on rolling hill way.
J. Edward CooperLevi May 15, 2013 at 02:37 PM
he was such a nice guy, he was a customer/friend/and my attorney - always helpful, I can't take this in. horrible
elizabeth gendal May 17, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Kai McGillvary should not be prosecuted for defending himself against rape. It sounds like his rapist, joseph Galfy Jr.., had premeditated raping Kai McGillvary and drugged him when he realized that Kai McGillvary would not willingly have sex with him. Kai was too trusting of people's innate kindness despite all the abuse and exploitation he himself had experienced. I only hope he will be exonerated. This case is not like the "stand your ground" cases where those gunmen were just looking for an excuse to use their guns to kill someone. Kai, on the other hand, was striving for survival and to retain his sexual inviolability.
S.G. May 17, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Ms. Gendal, you apparently have personal knowledge about this case. You should contact the prosecutor and offer your assistance.
J. Edward CooperLevi May 17, 2013 at 04:00 AM
whoa, excuse me, but none of us know for sure what happened and when. Joe was kind and perhaps heard of this guy via internet or Kimmel show. The accusations of drugging and raping are not in Joe's character whatsoever. Besides, it's kind of suspicious that McKillery wouldn't pick up on some weird vibe of Joe's (if indeed there were one) the FIRST night and Joe was kind enough to open his doors a second night, and then drugged and raped him? Unlikely. Stop thinking this character is an innocent victim. Joe's the victim..your sympathy is misplaced.
Clare Kennedy May 18, 2013 at 05:51 AM
@ J. Edward Cooper Levi, I could of not said it better myself. Kudos to you. Clare
lets wait for the facts May 20, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Kudos to clare and J. Edward. The murderer before he put that accusation on his facebook, also voluntarily admitted that he was in psychiatric hospitals in the his facebook post earlier in may. One does not just get placed in psychiatric hospitals, you have to be suicidal and homicidal. Apparently this murderer had homicidal tendencies, as has been shown by this murder.

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