Killer of Earl “Everlasting” Sanders Remains At-Large

FREEHOLD – It is nearly one year since a Neptune City man was found shot dead in his car on Route 18 in Colts Neck and authorities from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Colts Neck Police are still urging anyone with information to come forward, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On April 29, 2018, Colts Neck Police Department fielded a 911 call for assistance on Route 18, south of Route 537. Once on scene they located a single motor vehicle crash involving a 2009 Mercedes Benz C350. The investigation revealed the driver Earl Sanders, also known as “Everlasting,” 54, of Neptune City, and a passenger were driving southbound on Route 18 when an unknown assailant or assailants pulled next to Sanders’ vehicle and fired numerous shots, striking Sanders several times. Sanders lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail near the Route 537 exit. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene. A 52-year-old passenger was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The two were traveling home from a birthday party at the Elks Club in Freehold earlier that evening.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Ryan Mahony 1-800-533-7443 or Colts Neck Police Department Detective Rich Zarrillo 732-780-7323.

Individuals who feel the need to remain anonymous, but who may have information relevant to this investigation can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any suspect in the murder of Earl Sanders.

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