The man accused of killing his estranged wife more than a week ago in their South Jersey home remains on the run, state police say.
Jeremiah Monell, 32, is the prime suspect in the Dec. 19 death of Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35.
Authorities are asking the public for tips in their bid to locate Monell, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said Tuesday. He said the search for Monell remains an “active, ongoing investigation.”
Around 8 a.m. Dec. 19 state police were called to a home on Raymond Drive in the Laurel Lake section of the township in Cumberland County where they found O’Shea-Watson unconscious. She was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said.
According to one friend, Monell allegedly used a knife to kill his estranged wife and in front of their son, who fled to get help. Authorities have not confirmed the manner of death.
The search then began for Monell who has since been charged with homicide and weapons offenses. His bail, once he’s arrested, has been set at $1 million.
A vigil was held Thursday night in front of the residence where Tara O’Shea-Watson was killed.
His blue pickup truck was found abandoned along railroad tracks near Sawmill Road in Cedarville on Dec. 20, but a large search of the area did not lead to his capture.
Friends of O’Shea-Watson say she had been abused by Monell, was planning on leaving New Jersey to get away from him and had a restraining order against him.
“It was a living hell,” said longtime friend Jen L. Messeck of O’Shea-Watson’s life with Monell. Friends also said she feared Monell.
A vigil was held Thursday by friends to remember O’Shea-Watson. Services for O’Shea-Watson were held Friday at the Living Waters Fellowship Church in Haleyville.
She is survived by her five children and other relatives.
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