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Rally Planned In Unsolved Teaneck Murder

Group wants special prosecutor appointed in murder of Elm Avenue man.

Friends and family of slain Teaneck resident Robert Cantor plan to rally Wednesday morning outside the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack and are calling for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation into the nearly year-old unsolved killing.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has made missteps in the case and has been hostile toward a group concerned about the progress of the investigation, according to a statement released by the Committee for Justice for Robert Cantor.

The rally outside the courthouse is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

The committee asked Gov. Chris Christie for a meeting about the case last year, but state officials ultimately referred family members back to the county prosecutor's office. 

“To tell our group of family members, close friends and professionals that the Attorney General carefully reviewed our correspondence and then to recommend that close family members contact the entity that is the source of our dissatisfaction can only be described as very disappointing and insulting,” the committee wrote in a letter to Christie this month. "The Committee will not let the memory of Robert Cantor disappear without receiving justice."

An official with the Attorney General’s Office told the group that authorities could not share information about the case, according to a letter sent to the committee last month.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli has released few details in the case and has criticized Jay Salpeter, a private investigator hired to look into Cantor’s death, for his public comments about a person of interest in the case.

Salpeter, a retired New York City homicide detective, has said the killing was sparked by a dispute between Cantor and another man. He has also established a tipline seeking information in the case. 

Cantor was after a fire swept through his Elm Avenue home.

The killing, one of two unsolved murders since August 2010, has left many Teaneck residents on edge and frustrated with the progress of the investigations, which are both being handled by the county prosecutor’s office.

Alpine Drive resident to death after a fire. That case also remains unsolved. Few details have been released and no suspects named.

Molinelli held a in Teaneck about the murders, which he has said . He has not confirmed a motive in either case or said if investigators have any suspects, but has stressed his office has a strong record of solving cold cases. 

JamesTS January 31, 2012 at 02:26 PM
heartless comments!!! Keith, read the article the case is under Bergen County now so hiring cops doesnt matter for this. They hired patrolmen who cannot be everywhere at every minute. My problem is the Bergen County Prosecutors Office not updating Teaneck residents about these crimes. I really think they are clueless and now trying to cover up. it does not have ANYTHING to do with hiring Teaneck police officers. again, people suffered a loss and are concerned, its not right to call them 'silly" or make sarcastic remarks.
Marcia Strean January 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Letters have been sent to the Bergen County Prosecutor regarding Joan Davis' murder and no response has ever been received, nor any progress report about this suspicious murder.
SLD January 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Does anyone understand why the Teaneck Police Dept is not handling either the Davis or Cantor murder investigations? Also, is there an organized group of concerned friends/family for Davis as well (who is writing these letter Marcia?). It seems to be taking a long time to solve these cases, but I'm happy to see that the people of Teaneck have not forgotten the victims and are pushing for answers. I would add my support ...
Tim January 31, 2012 at 09:28 PM
SLD: All major crimes and investigations including homicides are handled by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
Joan Bailey February 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
If the office of Molinelli does not know who did it or why, how can he be so sure that the murders are not linked???? Scary, especially, for seniors living alone in a house.

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