Alan McGinnis | Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the six-count indictment of Alan McGinnis, 27, of Pemberton for the Murder of Cody MacPherson whose remains were discovered in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area this past March.

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Prosecutors also gave a detailed description of the actions McGinnis took during the murder and afterward to cover it up.

On April 21st 2018 at approximately 0600 hours, two residential search warrants were executed in Pemberton Township and Jackson Township.  The investigation revealed that during the early hours of September 24, 2017, Alan McGinnis of Pemberton, NJ allegedly stabbed Cody MacPherson multiple times at the residence of 234 Pardee Blvd in Pemberton Township, NJ.  McGinnis then used a vehicle available at the residence to transport the victim in the trunk to the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area on South Stump Tavern Road in Jackson.  McGinnis later traveled back to Pemberton where the scene was cleaned of visible blood and other evidence of the murder. Approximately one week later, the suspect returned to the site in which he disposed of the victim to destroy evidence associated with the crime.

Joseph D. CoronatoOcean County Prosecutor

Cody MacPherson

  • COUNT ONE- KIDNAPPING – First Degree

  • COUNT TWO- MURDER- First Degree

  • COUNT THREE- MURDER- First Degree

  • COUNT FOUR- POSSESSION OF A WEAPON FOR AN UNLAWFUL PURPOSE – Third Degree

  • COUNT FIVE- UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON – Fourth Degree

  • COUNT SIX- DESECRATING HUMAN REMAINS – Second Degree

Alan McGinnis is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

Read the full report from Ocean County Prosecutors HERE.