HCPO Homicide Unit Investigating Stabbing Death of Bayonne Woman, One Suspect In Custody

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following updated information regarding this afternoon’s discovery of a female homicide victim in Bayonne:

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Bayonne Police Department are investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman in Bayonne. On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at approximately 11:58 a.m., the Bayonne Police Department received a 911 call for service to 105 North Street. Responding officers found a woman, later identified as Mely Vanessa Tafoya Mendoza, of Bayonne, with an apparent stab wound to her torso.

Suarez says she was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:36 p.m. The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

One, unidentified person is in custody and investigators believe this is an isolated incident. Additional information is forthcoming.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Bayonne Police Department are actively investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.