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October 14, 2015

Autopsy inconclusive in death of South Jersey toddler

Additional results pending

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The body of Brendan Link Creato, 3, was found on the morning of Oct. 13, 2015, in a wooded area in Haddon Township. On Jan. 11, 2016, investigators announced the boy's father, David "DJ" Creato Jr., of Haddon Township, New Jersey, had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder in connection with his son's death.

An autopsy on a three-year-old South Jersey boy who was found dead on Tuesday morning three hours after he was reported missing is so far inconclusive, according Camden County prosecutor’s spokesman Andy McNeil.

He added the cause and manner of Brendan Link Creato’s death were undetermined and results are pending.

A family member reported Brendan missing early Tuesday, and his body was found by a police dog about a half-mile from his father’s Haddon Township home.

Brendan’s mother lives elsewhere.

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The boy's mother, Samantha Denoto, released a statement Tuesday evening saying the family is heartbroken and “tremendously saddened.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Rhoads at (856) 225-8561 or Haddon Township Police Detective Don Quinn at (856) 833-6208.

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