Man charged with arson, murder of housemate who went missing after fire

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An Ocean Township man is facing arson and murder charges related to the death of his housemate.

Authorities say that 65-year-old Jacqueline Terrulli went missing after the Sept. 12 blaze in the Ocean Township home.

Authorities said they found Terrulli’s housemate, 49-year-old Ronald Teschner the next day in Paterson, driving her SUV with her shotguns and jewelry inside.

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A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment against Teschner on Tuesday.

Teschner’s public defender has previously said that his client maintains his innocence.

Terrulli’s body has not been found.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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