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November 05, 2016

South Jersey brothers charged with murder after body found in backyard

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110516_murders_SJ Lumberton Township Police Department/for PhillyVoice

Christopher Costello, 27, (left) and Bryan Costello, 24.

Two South Jersey brothers were charged with murder after a body was discovered buried in their backyard, authorities said Friday.

Christopher Costello, 27, and Bryan Costello, 24, were arrested Thursday for allegedly killing their housemate, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Lumberton Township Police Chief Anthony DiLoreto.

The brothers lived with the victim, 23-year-old Justin Dubois, at a residence on the unit block of Spencer Court. The home is owned by the brothers' father.

Authorities said an investigation was initiated Oct. 31 when a relative reported Dubois missing. She had not seen or heard from Dubois for four days, which she indicated was uncharacteristic.

Foul play was initially suspected and the brothers were identified as suspects. While conducting a search warrant, investigators discovered an area in the backyard that appeared to have been dug up. Dubois's body was later recovered from that area.

Both brothers were charged with first-degree murder. However, authorities are still trying to determine where the murder took place and what the motive was for the killing.

Bail was set at $500,000 each.