UPDATE: He’s still out there! NJ cops offer reward for capture of accused wife killer

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Police are still searching for a New Jersey man accused of killing his estranged wife five days ago in a gruesome slaying in her Commercial Township home.

State Police on Saturday posted a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Jeremiah Monell.

Monell, 32, remains a fugitive following the Monday slaying of Tara O'Shea-Watson, 35.

Friends of the victim told the press that her throat was slit in front of the couple's 12-year-old son.

O'Shea-Watson was the mother of five children, two of whom she had with Monell.


A childhood friend of O'Shea-Watson said Monell had been served with divorce papers on the day police say he killed her.

A manhunt has been on for Monell since Monday. Police have searched the area near his home on Sawmill Road in the Cedarville section of Lawrence in Cumberland County.

Jeremiah Monell (NJ State Police)

His blue Chevrolet pickup truck was found in that area on Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Monell is asked to call the State Police Port Norris Station at 856-785-0036 or Det. Mike Legatie at 609-358-1704 or to email the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit tip line at fugitive@gw.njsp.org.

Police say all information is kept confidential and anonymous tips are welcome.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-438-1015 or email sergio.bichao@townsquaremedia.com.