FREEHOLD, NJ — Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in finding a 65-year-old woman who went missing after her Ocean Township home was destroyed by fire on September 12.
The whereabouts of Jacquelin "Jackie" Terrulli remains a mystery, despite the efforts of the investigative team and numerous supporting agencies involved in the case, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
“As detectives continue to do everything within their power to locate her, they are asking for the assistance of the community,” he said. “On behalf of our law enforcement partners and Jacquelin Terrulli’s family, we are urging anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts or the events leading up to her disappearance to please come forward and contact us.”
At about 7:32 a.m. on September 12, the Ocean Township Police and Fire Departments responded to a fire at 86 Wickapecko Drive. Upon arrival, authorities found the 6,000-square-foot residence completely engulfed in flames.
Once the fire was extinguished, a joint investigation was launched by the Ocean Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, said Gramiccioni.
It was quickly determined by police that two residents of the home were unaccounted for, a male and a female. The two missing individuals were identified as Ronald Teschner and Jacquelin Terrulli.
Ronald Teschner, 49, was located in the early morning hours of Friday, September 13 in Paterson. He was found in possession of Terrulli’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Shotguns were also located in the vehicle with Teschner.
The vehicle was seized by police and remains in the custody of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. It was last spotted in the Monmouth County area at approximately 8 a.m. on September 12.
Ronald Teschner, who has an extensive criminal record, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of certain persons not to possess weapons and three counts of receiving stolen property.He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution and will be detained until trial.
The fire remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and Ocean Township Police Department.
According to a gofundme page created for Terrulli’s family, Teschner is a longtime family acquaintance, “who had been down on his luck.” Terrulli gave him a job at one of her businesses and a place to stay in her home, where one of her sisters, brother and mother also lived, according to the page. They were out of town when the fire started.
Anyone who has information to share is urged to contact Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800- 533-7443 and/or Detective Chris Brady of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1800.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous, but who has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.
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