FBI Newark
Special Agent Michael Whitaker
(973) 792-3020
September 6, 2017

$25,000 Reward Posted for Information on Maple Shade Double Homicide

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Newark Division Timothy Gallagher and Maple Shade Township Police Chief Gary C. Gubbei announced today that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing a mother and son inside their Maple Shade residence earlier this year.

The bodies of Sasikala Narra, age 38, and Anish Narra, age 6, were discovered inside their unit at the Fox Meadow Apartments on March 23. Autopsies performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood concluded that they died from slash wounds to their necks.

No arrests have been made.

“This remains an ongoing and very active investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “We have utilized every resource available to assist us in solving this crime. We are extremely grateful to the FBI for supplying the funds for this reward. Somebody out there has knowledge about these homicides. I urge anyone with information to contact us immediately.”

Following a press conference this afternoon to announce the reward, more than 30 investigators canvassed the Fox Meadow apartment complex and distributed flyers printed in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Telegu.

“We are committed, along with our law enforcement partners of the Maple Shade Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, to solving this brutal murder of a mother and child,” Special Agent in Charge Gallagher said. “The FBI offers not only monetary support in this investigation, but is also providing our full investigative resources domestically and internationally. We are asking for those who may have information to please come forward.”

A mobile command center staffed by detectives will remain at the apartment complex for the next two days to encourage residents with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to communicate with law enforcement.

“I want to thank the management of Fox Meadow for their cooperation throughout this investigation,” Chief Gubbei said. “Our department has a very good relationship with the management and the residents. Anyone who knows anything at all about these homicides should feel entirely comfortable approaching us to share that information.”

Contrary to some media reports aired and published after the homicides were committed, there is no indication that this crime is connected to the fact that the victims are of Indian descent.

The case is being investigated by detectives from the Maple Shade Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit, with assistance from the FBI and several other agencies. The lead investigators are BCPO Detective Andy Mikulski and Maple Shade Police Detective Nicholas Giannini Jr.

Anyone with information that might assist investigators is asked to call (609) 265-7113 or send an e-mail to reward@co.burlington.nj.us