A New Jersey mother of two was found deceased on the side of a road after she went missing on Mother’s Day. On Friday, the suspect in her murder has been charged. It was also found that the suspect is none other than her former partner.
Gregory Mallard, a 35-year-old Jersey City resident, stands accused of murder in relation to the death of 32-year-old Norelis Mendoza. She was the mother of his two young daughters. Mendoza was found deceased off Route 440 in Bayonne, as per the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Beyond murder, Mallard is also charged with failure to properly dispose of human remains, desecration of human remains, and interfering with and tampering with physical evidence.
Mallard, alleged to be affiliated with the 52 Hoover Street Crips gang, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. His past includes a decade-long prison sentence for aggravated manslaughter due to his involvement in a 2008 shooting that took the life of a 19-year-old man.
Mendoza, who lived in Lindenwold, vanished after leaving her mother’s home in Jersey City on May 13. When she failed to return, she was reported missing the following day.
Authorities have pieced together that Mendoza spent time with Mallard on the night of her disappearance. Molina further shared that Mendoza was aware of Mallard’s violent history, and she had previously filed a domestic violence charge against him.