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Jun 19, 2020

Human Remains Found Buried Near Burnt Down Home, Woman Identified

Human remains were  discovered Thursday in the immediate vicinity of 86 Wickapecko Dr. in Ocean Township during demolition of the property. After notification to law enforcement, authorities obtained a search warrant, and the remains were exhumed late Thursday evening.

A medical examiner has confirmed that the human remains are those of Jacqueline Terrulli, 65, who went missing on Sept. 12, 2019, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Friday.

On Sept. 12, 2019, at approximately 7:32 am, the Wickapecko Drive residence was discovered to be 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. Police quickly determined that Terrulli and another resident, Ronald Teschner, were missing, along with Terrulli’s 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2019, Teschner was located in Paterson alone in Terrulli’s vehicle. The vehicle contained various items including clothing, shotguns, jewelry and lawn equipment, all belonging to Terrulli.

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Jacqueline Terrulli was declared missing in September 2019 and later presumed dead. A grand jury indicted Ronald Teschner (inset) for Terrulli’s murder in February. 

On Feb. 24, a Monmouth County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment against Teschner for the murder of Terrulli. Despite extensive investigatory efforts, the body of Jacqueline Terrulli was not found until this week.

Terrulli’s remains were discovered wrapped in plastic and buried several feet in the ground near the immediate vicinity of the burned home. As a result of the fire at the 6,000-square-foot residence, extensive charred rubble had collapsed upon and covered the burial site.

Several searches of the home had been undertaken during the investigation, including repeated searches with K-9 cadaver dogs. Terrulli’s body went undiscovered until yesterday, likely due to the limited composition of the remains.

Terrulli’s identity was ultimately identified by dental records. The cause and manner of her death remain pending at this time.

If convicted of murder, Teschner faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.

Teschner is currently lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

The case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Joseph Cummings and Katherine Butler.