Murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man after police found his mother dead inside her home.

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John Quakenbush was arrested early Monday at a motel in Green Brook. He was being held on $1 million bail.

Union County prosecutors say Gail Vandewalle was found Sunday by Plainfield police, who went to the home to check on her after she was not seen for several days. She was found dead underneath a blanket in her living room.

Authorities say Vandewalle also lived in the home, but declined comment on a possible motive for the slaying. They also would not say when the killing took place or what led them to identify Quakenbush as a suspect.

It was not known Monday if Quakenbush had retained a lawyer.

 

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