OCEAN TOWNSHIP, New Jersey -- The body of a missing New Jersey woman was found buried under the rubble of her Ocean Township home, months after a friend was charged in her murder.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Friday that authorities recovered the body of 65-year-old Jacqueline Terrulli. The woman had been missing since September, when her home was found engulfed in flames.
Police found Ronald Teschner, a 49-year-old friend who had been staying with Terrulli, in Paterson the next day with her car and various items they believed were taken from her home. Teschner was indicted by a grand jury in February on murder and other charges.
The prosecutor's office issued a news release Friday saying workers demolishing the home and clearing the Ocean Township property Thursday found what they believed to be human remains wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave that had become hidden under debris. Police had searched the property several times during the investigation.
The Monmouth County Medical Examiner confirmed Terrulli's identity but a cause of death was still under investigation.
Teschner is currently being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. His public defender has previously said Teschner maintains his innocence.
Body of missing New Jersey woman found under rubble of home
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