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LOCAL HOMICIDE, ARREST MADE


THURSDAY, MARCH 16 2023, ASHMORE, PA - At 1500hrs on Wednesday, March 15 2023, Ashmore Police Department received a 911 call from a member of the public stating they had

witnessed an individual disposing of a corpse in woodland. APD officers immediately responded to the call and placed the individual under arrest. A body was recovered at the scene, preliminary reports suggest foul play.


The name of the deceased will not be released at this time, pending

informing next of kin. Today, Ashmore Police Department, Luzerne County Sheriff's

Department, The Pennsylvania State Police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office are announcing the arrest of Anthony ‘Tony’ Romano Esposito and the execution of a search warrant on all properties registered to the suspect.


Following this search warrant, the District Attorney has submitted

charges against Esposito:


PSC, Title 18 § 2502. (a)

●Felony Murder in the First Degree

PSC, Title 18, Chapter 61, § 6117,

●Felony Possession of Firearms with Altered Identification Numbers

35 PA. Stat. § 780-113

●Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Schedule I


Esposito has been remanded to prison without bail. Investigations are ongoing, and there is not believed to be any danger to the public. Those with information regarding this incident

should contact Ashmore Police Department’s Tipline at (937)491-9911. All tips are anonymous and tips leading to prosecution may be eligible for monetary reward.

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