New Jersey police believe they've cracked a cold case that has haunted Newark for more than three decades.
Five teenaged boys disappeared from the streets of Newark on August 20, 1978 and were never seen again.
On Tuesday two men, 56-year-old Lee Evans and 53-year-old Philander Hampter, were charged with their murder.
Evans was the last person seen with the boys, and was the prime suspect after they vanished.
He routinely hired them to help with his carpentry business.
At the time he claimed he'd hired the boys for an afternoon of work, then dropped them off together near an ice cream parlor.
Police now say that Evans, Hampter and a third suspect who is now deceased believed the teens had stolen a large amount of marijuana from them.
The men are accused of rounding up the boys at gunpoint, taking them to an abandoned house, locking them in a closet and then burning the building to the ground.
No bodies were never recovered.
"With these arrests today we hope to bring closure to a 31-year-old mystery involving five teenage boys who vanished from Newark on Aug. 20, 1978," Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said at a press conference Tuesday morning. "For years their families wondered what happened on that August day. Today, we believe, that question has been answered."
Laurino said a witness tip 18 months ago led to a break in the case.