Last week, the body of 38-year-old Jessica Prusik was found on a narrow walking trail in an isolated section of John A. Roebling Park in Hamilton. Police have declared her death a homicide, but the circumstances remain a mystery.
Dozens of friends and family arrived at the Brenna Cellini Funeral home across town Monday morning for Jessica's funeral service. Present were her husband, two children, five stepchildren, and six grandchildren.
"She's a very good mother," said Cassandra Murphy, at 26 Prusik's eldest stepdaughter, "Whoever did this to her needs to pay, because she did not deserve this. You left us without a mother."
Jessica's body was found the morning of Oct. 6. Authorities have not said whether she was killed in the park.
However, they have released images of a 1992 Ford F-150 with license plate L44 ERU, saying it maybe be linked to the crime.
Detectives from the Mercer County Homicide Task Force are on the case, but have not said whether Jessica was killed in the park or if her body was dumped there.
Brenna Cellini provided funeral arrangements at no cost to the family, just accepting the standard amount the county victims' fund provides for burial -- one-third of the usual cost.
Cassandra Murphy broke down in tears when she spoke about how the loss of Jessica is affecting her father.
"My dad is trying to hold it together for all of us, but deep down he's really hurt," Murphy said.
We'll have more on the mystery murder of Jessica Prusik later in the week, but for now anyone with information on her death or the truck authorities are looking for should call the Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406.