Police have arrested a man after a grand jury in New Jersey indicted him in the 22-year-old cold case murder of a teenager, officials said.
Sayreville Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced that after a brief foot pursuit authorities took Bruce A. Cymanski, 49, of Barnegat into custody on charges of murder, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping.
Cymanski is accused of killing 17-year-old Sayreville resident Nancy Noga in 1999.
On Jan. 7 of that year, Noga, a high school senior, failed to return home from her job and she was reported missing. Her body was discovered behind a Sayreville shopping plaza five days later. An autopsy determined she died from blunt force trauma.
According to officials, Cymanski recently was identified as a suspect in the case in part through the use of genetic genealogy.
He was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a detention hearing.
Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski said Cymanski’s arrest is thanks to “decades of hard work” by a number of detectives and officers. “We never stopped following up on leads, and today with the arrest of Bruce Cymanski, we are one step closer to bringing a degree of justice and closure to the family.”
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is urged to call Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Mark Morris at (732) 745-3702 or Sayreville Police Sgt. Daniel Ellmyer at (732) 525-5406.