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Deaths of Long Branch woman, her foster child ruled a homicide

 

LONG BRANCH (AP) — The deaths of a woman and a young girl who were found inside their apartment have been ruled a homicide.

Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach
Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

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 an infant.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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