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DNA Samples Could Solve 2009 Death of Roxbury Councilman's Daughter


POTEAU, OK – The father-in-law of Roxbury Councilman Jim Rilee’s deceased daughter told police he believes his son and wife were responsible for the woman’s death eight years ago, according to court recordspdf.

The statement recently prompted a judge to allow the taking of DNA samples that could help solve the case, now being labeled a murder by authorities.

The DNA was to be collected from Donald “Bo” Wilson, the husband of Rilee’s slain daughter, Jody, and from Wilson’s mother, Kathy Wilson, according to court documents. In affidavits requesting the warrants, police said the DNA samples will help them determine whether the Wilsons killed the former Roxbury resident in May 2009 and hid her body.

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The death of Jody Nicole (Rilee) Wilson has remained a mystery and no charges have been filed. The decomposed body of the young mother was found on a remote Oklahoma mountain. She did not join her husband, daughter and in-laws on a trip to New Mexico for a funeral and authorities suspect she was killed by her husband shortly before he made the trip.

The search warrants were granted in large part due to statements made in May by Jody Wilson’s father-in-law, Jerry Don Wilson. According to an affidavit, Jerry Don Wilson told detectives he recalled his son and wife talking about getting rid of a body. The man also told police that his son subsequently confessed to him that he’d killed Jody Wilson by suffocating her with plastic, says the affidavit.

In asking for the search warrants, investigators said they want to determine whether DNA found in Jody Wilson’s abandoned vehicle matches that of Kathy Wilson and her son.

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MorrisTech Meetup Receives Award from Morris County EDC

March 20, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The innovative and technology driven MorrisTech Meetup has been awarded the 2017 Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Morris County Economic Development Corporation.

"We are thrilled, proud and grateful to receive this award, and convinced more than ever that Morris County is exceptionally suited to be a thriving tech hub", said founder, Chatham ...

Pine Brook Massage Parlor Shut Down After Several Failed Inspections

March 19, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – A used prophylactic in the trash, apparent “table showers,” and the implication of employees sleeping and cooking in the Swan Lake Spa massage parlor in Pine Brook resulted in the spa’s license revocation at a hearing held by the Board of Health March 12.

The spa had been in business on Route 46 since 2012 and had been subject to a revised 2012 ordinance ...

GFWC Partners with 46 West Hair Salon for "Haircuts for a Cause"

March 20, 2018

The GFWC Woman’s Club of the Denville-Rockaway area, along with 46 West Hair Studio, is sponsoring ‘Haircuts for A Cause’ on Sunday, April 29th from 10:00am -4:00pm.

The hair salon is located on 46 West Main St, Rockaway and is offering $20.00 haircuts, for men & women on Sunday, April 29th. 

The proceeds of the haircuts will be donated to Family Promise, whose ...

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'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)


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