Bergenfield Woman, Brother Arrested For Desecrating Body

Published on January 20, 2017, 1:03 am
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A Bergenfield woman and a Bronx man were charged with allegedly hiding parts of her husband, authorities said Friday.

Orville Cousins, 40

Randolph Smith

Adrienne Smith, 43, called the Bergenfield Police Department on January 2, 2017 to report her husband, Randolph Smith, 44, was missing since Christmas night, officials said. Adrienne Smith told police she had not heard from him since then. Police interviewed family and friends in an attempt to locate him but were unable to develop any leads. The Record previously reported about Randolph Smith missing.

On January 12, 2017, body parts were found in six plastic containers in Burlington City, authorities said. The parts were later discovered to belong to Randolph Smith.

Officials from the Bergen and Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office determined around December 26, 2016, Adrienne Smith, who works as a surgical technician, and her brother, Orville Cousins, 40, purchased materials used to desecrate the body parts of Randolph Smith, authorities said.

Those materials were found where Adrienne Smith and her husband lived.

Cousins was arrested on Tuesday in Bronx where he lives, while Adrienne Smith was arrested Friday at a relative’s home in New Brunswick, authorities said. Both were charged with desecration of human remains. Adrienne Smith, however, was also charged with hindering apprehension.

Both have not been charged with the murder of Randolph Smith and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

Cousins was held in New York pending extradition, while Adrienne Smith was held at the Bergen County Jail, authorities said. Both are scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

Calls made to Randolph Smith’s family members were not returned Friday night.


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