(CNN) — A body found by two teenage boys in the woods along a New Jersey road was determined Monday to be that of Stephanie Parze, a 25-year-old woman who went missing in October.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office says she was killed by a man with whom she had an “on-and-off relationship” and who died by suicide three weeks after her disappearance.
The woman’s body was found Sunday afternoon in the town of Old Bridge, a 12-mile drive from her Freehold Township home.
Parze, who worked as a cosmetologist and babysitter, was last seen by her family around 10:30 p.m. on October 30, when she returned with them from an evening outing. She said goodbye to her parents at their home and drove three miles to her late grandmother’s home, where she had been living.
The next day, after she failed to show up for work, her phone, her car and her dog were found at the home.
Investigators soon focused on John Ozbilgen, 29, whom Parze had dated. He had a court date Nov. 6 on charges relating to a September domestic violence incident involving Parze.
In a 911 call on the evening of Oct. 31 reporting her daughter missing, Parze’s mother said Ozbilgen claimed to have spent the previous night with Stephanie.
That same day, Ozbilgen was fired from his job as a stockbroker in Staten Island. He had been living with his parents in Freehold Township.
During the investigation, police allegedly found child pornography images on Ozbilgen’s phone, and he was arrested and jailed for that case on Nov. 8.
At his detention hearing for the pornography charge, prosecutors said Ozbiglen had sent Parze a flurry of angry text messages the night before she went missing.
On Nov. 22, three days after he was released from jail, Ozbilgen was found dead, hanging in the garage of his parents’ home. The death was ruled a suicide.
At a Monday press conference, prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni revealed that Ozbilgen left behind a note addressed to his parents admitting to the crime without disclosing where he disposed of her remains. The note reportedly said he had dug himself a “deep hole” and that everything his parents would hear in the news about his role in the case was true — except for the child pornography charge.
“This is a finding we had expected since early November, but was only recently confirmed with further analysis of evidence we had seized during our investigation,” Gramiccioni said.
Gramiccioni would not go into detail regarding the evidence that ties Ozbilgen to Parze’s death, citing the ongoing investigation. A knife that Ozbilgen had disposed of on Staten Island, New York, was analyzed and turned out not to be related to the investigation.
An autopsy conducted on the remains by the Middlesex Regional Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday confirmed the identity of the body, but the medical examiner has yet to release a cause of death.