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New Jersey Authorities Crack Muder Case in Portland

A woman whose remains were found inside a 55-gallon cement-filled drum in her apartment building might have been strangled by her husband, authorities said Sunday.

Randy “Amanda” Lehrer was last seen Aug. 17 leaving the diner where she worked, and investigators believe she was killed shortly afterward, Hudson County prosecutor Edward DeFazio told The Jersey Journal.

Her husband, Steven Acuna, was charged with her murder and remained jailed Sunday on $1 million bail. Lehrer’s remains were found Friday in the basement of the apartment building where the couple and their infant daughter lived.

Investigators believe the killing was the result of domestic violence, DeFazio said. He told the newspaper that when investigators found the barrel, it was hidden by construction-type debris. He said Lehrer’s remains were found “encased” in concrete, adding that there was no evidence that she was dismembered.

Defazio added it took awhile for us to figure out her body had been moved to Portland..

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