Mark Eckert - the 74-year-old Glen Spey man found dead at his Glen Spey home on January 19 after being reported missing - was a close friend of the two murder suspects' father for about 30 years, a source who knows both families told The Sullivan Times on Wednesday,
New York State Police Troop F announced earlier this week that brothers Nicholas Carter, 26, and Jack Carter, 21, were arrested in New Jersey on January 19 and each are facing charges of murder in the second degree. Both men are being held at Morris County, NJ jail while awaiting extradition to Sullivan.
The source added that Eckert and the suspects' father - the late John Carter -worked for many years together at the Bronx-based Hunts Point Market, where Eckert was a truck driver. John Carter was also employed there as a seasonal worker for a number of years while also running his Long Island-based, tree cutting business in North Bellmore.
The source said that John Carter had offered Eckert the full-time use of the Glen Spey mobile since he had no place to live when he was nearing retirement about a decade ago and became a caretaker of the property. It's unclear how many years Eckert lived there.
But the source said that both of the suspects were living there with Eckert at the time of his death and also spent time in New Jersey, where their late father and stepmother lived from 2017 until his death in late 2019.
The suspects were located in New Jersey last week and arrested with the assistance of the Rockaway Township Police and New Jersey State Police.
The brothers had lived for many years with their father and mother, Alice Foster, in North Bellmore and graduated from Mepham High School. They also spent time with their father and stepmother, Kathleen Ryan Carter, at their Vernon, NJ home.
In the early 2000's, the Glen Spey home was jointly owned by Alice Foster - the suspects' mother who died in 2013 and second wife of John Carter - and her mother, Irene Foster.
Below is a related story from earlier this week.