New York man charged as accomplice in Greenwich native's death

Police arrested a New York man who they believe helped move the body of Greenwich native Nicole Flanagan, who was found dead in New Jersey Aug. 13.

Aquellio Parker, 29, of Springfield Gardens, N.Y., was charged Thursday with being an accomplice to disturbing, moving and/or concealing human remains; being an accomplice to desecrating, damaging and/or destroying human remains; and conspiring with a co-defendant to disturb, move, conceal and/or desecrate a deceased body, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.

Parker turned himself in to the New York Police Department Sunday, Musella’s office said Tuesday. He is being held pending extradition to New Jersey. Parker is scheduled to appear in New York Criminal Court on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.

Ridgefield Park Police in New Jersey found a suspicious and large plastic container in front of a home in a residential area around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13. Inside the container were human remains that were later identified as Flanagan, 42, who lived in the Bronx, N.Y., according to Musella’s office.

The 42-year-old mother of three was last seen in the area of 95 Wall St., an upscale apartment building in Manhattan’s Financial District near the waterfront, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Police said they believe Parker helped move Flanagan’s remains to Ridgefield Park, a Bergen County town near the George Washington Bridge.

The Bergen County medical examiner’s office is still determining the cause of death, according to police, and the investigation is ongoing.

Flanagan’s last known address given by police is in the Bronx, but her family said she was born and raised in Greenwich.

Her brother, Thomas Flanagan, told Hearst Connecticut Media on Monday that he lost touch with his sister and her death was a “shock to everyone.”

“We were best of friends growing up,” he said.

Lisa Flanagan, Nicole Flanagan’s sister-in-law, created a GoFundMe campaign for her funeral. As of Tuesday evening, the campaign had raised about $8,500.