OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Lyndsay V. Ruotolo
Acting Prosecutor

Press Release

For Immediate Release: February 25, 2013

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division arrested a city man early this morning and charged him in the death of his mother, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Police were called to a Watson Avenue home on Sunday for a welfare check after the victim, Gail Vandewalle DOB: 10/25/1943, had not been heard from since February 19, 2013. Police searched the residence and discovered Vandewalle in the living room, underneath a blanket. The death was ruled a homicide, and marks the first in Union County for 2013.

An investigation was launched which revealed that Vandewalle had been living with her adult son, John Quakenbush, DOB: 06/03/1968, and evidence gathered during the course of the investigation revealed the son to be a suspect in the homicide. He was located a short time later at a motel in Green Brook, N.J. and was transported to Plainfield Police Headquarters. He was later arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. He is being held at the Union County Jail on $1 million bail.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.