Grandson of Camden City Council president found dead; suspect faces murder charges

Tim Jimenez
July 03, 2019 - 6:59 am
Curtis Jenkins III

Camden County Police Department

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UPDATED: 3:33 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Camden man, the grandson of the City’s Council president, was found dead overnight. 

Curtis Jenkins III was first reported missing earlier this week. Camden County police say they found his body Tuesday just hours after announcing they had arrested a man in connection with his disappearance.

Police say 20-year-old Jenkins was found in an alley behind an abandoned business on Liberty Street in Camden, not far from his home on Mechanic Street, where he was last seen on Monday.

Camden County Police say they found the body of Curtis Jenkins III in an alley behind an abandoned business on Liberty Street.
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His grandfather, Curtis Jenkins Sr., is Camden's City Council president. The elder Jenkins stopped by the scene. He said he last talked to his grandson on the phone Sunday.

"I'm just ... it's really sinking in that I'm not gonna see him again," he said. "I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that I’m getting, but right now I would like my family to have some privacy and let them grieve the loss of my grandson."

Jenkins' family said he was a cook, who delivered food occasionally. He was making a delivery Sunday night, but his father said he never came out of the house where he stopped.

His father said he got a call from the kidnapper and a picture in the middle of the night of his son tied up.

Police say the suspect in custody is Brandon Beverly, a 32-year-old from Westville. 

Camden County’s Police Chief Scott Thomson said Beverly was behind a "calculated plot to entrap and abduct the victim."

Beverly is now facing murder charges on top of kidnapping charges after the medical examiner determined the cause of death was asphyxiation.

“It carries a mandatory life imprisonment because it was done in the course of a kidnapping," said Bill Townsend, chief of detectives with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. 

The medical examiner said there are no other signs of injury.

Beverly is due in court on Friday. 

Police have not spoken publicly about any possible connection between Beverly and Jenkins. 

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KYW Newsradio's Mike Dougherty contributed to this report.