Arrest made in slaying of East Rutherford woman

HACKENSACK - Authorities have made an arrest in the slaying of an East Rutherford woman whose body was found inside her burning home.

The Bergen County prosecutor said Daniel Rochat has been taken into custody in connection to the death of Barbara Vernieri. Officials said the 37-year-old's father had a stake in the realty company where the victim worked, although it remains unclear what the motive for the killing was.

Authorities have said 70-year-old victim died of blunt force trauma to her head and upper body. The widow, who lived alone, suffered the fatal injuries before the fire engulfed her home on Sept. 14.

Rochat is being held on $3 million bail. He is expected to be arraigned next week.

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