A Philadelphia man was charged with concealing a body after a woman was found dead in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of a Maple Shade hotel, authorities said.
Maple Shade police found Jesus Garcia, 41, of Olney, at the Quality Inn on Route 38 at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. He was in possession of the car holding the woman's body, Burlington County authorities said.
The victim has not been positively identified, and investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy, which began Monday but was not completed, said Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
Maple Shade police were dispatched Sunday night to the hotel at the request of Philadelphia police, who were investigating a missing persons case, authorities said.
Family members of the woman, whose name has not been released, called police Sunday.
They had gone to her home and seen signs of a "disturbance," a law enforcement source said, and became concerned.
Authorities have not determined how or why the two ended up in New Jersey. Garcia had checked into a room at the hotel, but it was not immediately known when, a source said.
Detectives learned that the woman's car, a 2014 Chevrolet, had an OnStar device inside. By activating the device's GPS, they were able to track the vehicle to Maple Shade within an hour, the source said.
Local police found the body inside the trunk. Police did not confirm whether the body found was that of the missing woman.
Garcia is being held on $150,000 bail and is set to appear in court Tuesday.