N.J. murder suspects caught in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Two murder suspects were arrested at a Greencastle hotel on Saturday. Gregory Elk, 45, and Susan Vasikonis, 41, of Brick, NJ,  were wanted by New Jersey police for the death of a man who was beaten to death, and his body burned.

The pair was found at an unidentified hotel and jailed on $1 million cash bail. They are awaiting extradition.

New Jersey police believe Elk and Vasikonis got into an argument with a man at their home, and struck Eric Pagan, 37, Ocean Grove, with a blunt instrument. The weapon has not been found.

The two then allegedly poured accelerant on the body, and set it on fire in a rural area. The flames spread to brush, which resulted in a motorist reporting a fire.

Pagan’s body was found Feb. 23 by the firefighters. He was identified by fingerprints. The Burlington County Medical Examiner declared the cause of death blunt force trauma.

Iin addition to homicide, Elk and Vasikonis were charged Feb. 27 with desecrating human remains.