Long Branch deaths of woman, foster child ruled homicides

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Toni Yates has the latest on the adult and child found killed in Long Branch, New Jersey. (WABC)

The deaths of a woman and a young girl who were found inside their central New Jersey apartment have been ruled a homicide.

Monmouth County prosecutors say the determination was made Sunday, two days after Long Branch police found the bodies of 62-year-old Joan Colbert and her 10-year-old foster daughter, Veronica Roach.

Officers had gone to the residence after receiving a 911 call about suspicious circumstances at the site.

Prosecutors have not released further details on the deaths, citing the ongoing investigation.

Neighbors have said Colbert had raised the girl since she was three months old.

Prosecutors appear to be leaning towards the belief that this was not a random attack, but have not disclosed how the two were killed.
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