Sayreville man charged with murder of live-in girlfriend


SAYREVILLE – A Sayreville man has been charged in connection with the murder of his live-in girlfriend.

On May 19, at approximately 3:48 a.m., authorities responded to the Winding Wood Apartments following a 911 call reporting an unresponsive female. Upon their arrival, officers located Barbara Andronico, 62, of Sayreville, who was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department on May 27.

An investigation by Detective Brian Szkodny of the Sayreville Police Department and Detective Walter Kelley of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified Michael Hodges, 63, of Sayreville, as the perpetuator. Hodges was residing and had an intimate relationship with the deceased, according to reports.

On May 19, Hodges was arrested without incident in Sayreville, police said. He has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree aggravated assault, and one count of third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Hodges was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court, as of press time.

Anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area should call Szkodny at 732-747-4444 or Kelley at 732-745-3330.