New Castle – The Delaware State Police have arrested Norman Kacewich, 30, formerly of Fairfield Township, New Jersey on an out of state fugitive warrant, in reference to a 2013 New Jersey State Police murder investigation, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at approximately 9:26 p.m., Troopers responded to the Delaware Auto Court, located at 235 S. DuPont Hwy., after receiving information that a subject wanted in connection with a New Jersey murder investigation was staying at the motel. Troopers were able to secure the perimeter of the property while attempting to determine the validity of the information as well as identifying the specific location of the suspect.
The arrest comes years after Norman Kacewich, then 24, and his then-girlfriend, Kandice Dixey, both of Fairfield Township, N.J., were first arrested in Maryland and charged with murder and other related charges in the death of Dixey’s father, Michael Dixey, 61.
Back in October of 2018, Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, N.J. Detectives from the New Jersey State Police worked with the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office charged a Fairfield Township woman with murder in the death of her father. Kacewich was charged for his involvement in the burial of the body.
Earlier that month, on October 3, 2013, relatives of Michael Dixey arrived at the State Police Station in Port Norris to report him missing. Troopers from the Port Norris Station, detectives from the Troop A Criminal Investigation Office, Major Crime Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Missing Person Unit and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into Dixey’s disappearance.
As the investigation progressed, detectives learned that Kandice Dixey and Norman Kacewich had both traveled to Elkton, Maryland. On Tuesday, October 8, Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit and the US Marshal’s Task Force located and arrested the suspects on charges of theft related to use of Michael Dixey’s credit card in New Jersey.
On Wednesday, October 9, New Jersey State Police detectives along with the New Jersey State Police K-9 Unit examined a suspected burial site in a wooded area in the 400 block of Clarks Pond Road, not far from Dixey’s residence. During the excavation, detectives located a body in a shallow grave. The body is possibly that of Michael Dixey, but post-mortem tests may lead to a confirmed identity. The cause and manner of death are pending the medical examiner’s report from yesterday’s autopsy.
Kandice Dixey was charged with Murder (1st degree), Desecration of Human Remains (2nd degree), and Hindering Apprehension (3rd degree). Norman Kacewich was charged with Desecration of Human Remains and Hindering Apprehension. Bail was set at $300,000 for Dixey and $25,000 for Kacewich. They were both transported to the Cecil County Detention Center in Maryland pending extradition hearings.
Listed as one of Cumberland County, N.J. “Most Wanted”, Kacewich’s mugshot has appeared in several New Jersey newspaper articles over the last several years. The articles stated that Kacewich was being sought on one Superior Court of New Jersey Criminal Court warrant for failure to appear.
Delaware State Troopers were able to positively identify Kacewich as being the male subject located in one of the rooms. He was then taken into custody without incident. Kacewich initially provided a false name however during the course of a subsequent interview he admitted to being the wanted subject, said Austin.
After confirming Kacewich’ s identity Troopers were able to confirm that he was wanted out of the Cumberland County (N.J.) Prosecutor’s Office for one count each of Desecration of Human Remains and Hindering Prosecution. The charges stem from Kacewich’s role in helping to bury the body of a murder victim Michael Dixey.
Kacewich was arraigned on an Out of State Fugitive warrant and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, pending extradition back to New Jersey.