Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of when a Clark, N.J. woman was discovered murdered inside her home, the victim of multiple knife wounds. While the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department continue the investigation, they are appealing to the public for any information that might lead to an arrest.
At approximately 6:48 p.m. on Saturday July 7, 2012 Clark Police were called to 15 Rolling Hill Way on reports of a deceased female. When officers arrived, they found the owner of the home, Vera Pecoraro DOB: 7-7-1938, in her living room, the victim of knife wounds. A son of the victim made the discovery, said Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.
Given the nature of the scene, a determination on the manner of death was needed by the Medical Examiner before the prosecutor’s office could treat the case as a homicide and not a possible suicide, said Park. However the county medical examiner determined a 73-year-old woman was the victim of a homicide.
Investigators believe Ms. Pecoraro was specifically targeted. There were no signs of a forced entry, said Park. The medical examiner determined Ms. Pecoraro likely died on Friday July 6, 2012.
“We continue to believe that this was not a random act and that residents in the area are not in any danger,” said Park. “It is likely however that someone out there has information that can lead to the capture of this killer.”
Forensic evidence was recovered at the scene and detectives have conducted dozens of interviews in the case and remain vigilant in following every lead.
To assist in the investigation, detectives are appealing to residents in the area to think back to that day – July 6th of last year and to try and remember anything out of the ordinary they might have witnessed. The homicide occurred just after the July 4th holiday, and the weather was similar to this year – clear skies with the temperatures in the high 90s.
“Maybe it was a car or van that was unfamiliar to the neighborhood, or an unusual sound or activity. The smallest remembered detail can help bring about an arrest and answer many questions,” said Park.
The Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the homicide of Vera Pecoraro. Anonymous calls may be placed to (908) 654-TIPS or online at www.uctip.org. Additionally, anyone with information may contact Homicide Task Force Detective Terrance Harrison at (908) 527-3807