Prosecutors say a suspect has been charged with killing a Camden man whose remains were found in a trash can in December.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said 21-year-old Lashaun Brown-Bunch will be arraigned this afternoon in the death of 23-year-old Adrian Rivera.

Rivera's skeletal remains were found in a trash bin near Morgan Street and Broadway, just off Interstate 676, on Dec. 20.

Rivera couldn't immediately be identified, and authorities hadn't previously disclosed his identity. A medical examiner determined that Rivera died of "unspecified homicidal violence."

Court records made public Monday said Brown-Bunch told detectives that about $2,000 in narcotics went missing from a drug operation based on the 1700 block of Norris Street in Camden in August.

Rivera was the seller responsible for those drugs, Brown-Bunch told investigators when he was interviewed last week, and admitted to taking the missing narcotics.

A witness told investigators that Brown-Bunch attacked Rivera, "hacking" him with a sharp instrument and having his pit bull bite Rivera.

In January, detectives executed a search warrant at the Norris Street residence, where they found Rivera's blood and a "Family First" card that belonged to him.

A month later, another witness told authorities that Brown-Bunch had threatened to "do the same thing" to that witness that he had done to "the Spanish boy inside the house."

Brown-Bunch admitted to detectives that he advised the drug set's members to "[expletive] him up," referring to Rivera, after learning about the theft of the drugs.

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