SWEDESBORO — The body of a 61-year-old Swedesboro man, identified as Sylvester “Buttons” Combs Jr., was found in a trailer at an abandoned business in Swedesboro on April 6. The cause of death blunt force head trauma and ruled a murder.
Combs was considered homeless but was known by township police to frequent the trailer where he was found about 11 a.m. on April 6. Police began looking for Combs after it was reported that he had not been seen for several days.
Investigators are seeking information from anyone who saw Sylvester “Buttons” Combs Jr. between April 2 and April 6 or who can identify anyone associated with “Buttons.”
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and Woolwich Township Police Department are investigating.
A $2,500 reward has been authorized by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Swedesboro governing body has authorized an additional $2,500 reward for information that results in the apprehension and successful prosecution of whoever fatally injured Combs.
The Greater Swedesboro Business Association has offered to increase the reward. The Association is offering to match individual reward donations up to $1,250. With these additional funds, the total reward could grow to $7.500.
Anyone with information about Combs is asked to contact Det. Greg Malesich of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-384-5626 or Det. Chris Beckett of the Woolwich Police Department at 856-467-1667, ext. 1224.
Information can be e-mailed anonymously to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://mypolicedepartment.org/gloucester-county-prosecutors-office/tipform/, or download the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office myPD smartphone app, which can be downloaded free at the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
If you would like to donate to the reward, checks can be made out to the GSBA Sylvester Combs Fund and can be delivered to the Farmers Insurance Agency, 1506 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, or mailed to GSBA, P.O. Box 235, Swedesboro 08085. Donations will be placed in a separate bank account.
“We are deeply appreciative of the community’s outpouring of support for law enforcement’s efforts to solve this horrible and tragic crime,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton.