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Arrest to be announced in '02 murder of S.J. woman

Inquirer staff writer Allison Steele reports:

An arrest has been made in the 2002 stabbing death of 22-year-old Jennifer Whipkey, Gloucester County authorities announced this morning.

Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton will release the name of the person arrested at a news conference this afternoon.

Whipkey, a single mother from East Greenwich, who worked at a Paulsboro pizza restaurant, was last seen about 3 a.m. May 25, 2002, in the parking lot of the Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford.

Whipkey had gone dancing at the nightclub with her friends, but authorities believe she did not leave with them.

Her body was found a little more than 24 hours later in the woods behind the Westwood Motor Lodge in West Deptford.

She was stabbed multiple times, authorities said.

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