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Rossi: Help find who killed Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach of Long Branch

Monmouth County Prosecutors Office
Monmouth County Prosecutors Office

The Monmouth County Prosecutors Office needs your help in solving the gruesome double slaying this past Friday of a 62-year old Long Branch woman and the 10-year old girl she was raising.

The Asbury Park Press reports that

autopsies have determined that the deaths of a Long Branch woman and the 10-year-old girl she was raising were homicides.

Colbert and the 10-year-old were found dead Friday in a first-floor apartment in a home on Lippincott Avenue after police were called at 5:22 p.m., reporting suspicious circumstances there.
The Prosecutor’s Office declined to release a cause or time of death, or to say if authorities are searching for suspects or have someone is custody.

Authorities are requesting help from the public in establishing a motive for the homicides.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Richard Chapman, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-577-8700, or Detective Ross Zotti, of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000.

Anonymous tips may be made to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; or texting “MONMOUTH” plus the tip to 274637; or email a tip at the website

A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in their murder has been posted by Monmouth County Crimestoppers.

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