CLARK — Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the discovery of a Clark woman’s death, and authorities are appealing to the public for any information that might lead to an arrest as the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Clark Police Department continue their investigation.
Police found the body of Vera Pecoraro, who would have turned 74, in the living room of her Rolling Hill Way home shortly before 7 p.m. on July 7, 2012. The victim’s son made the initial discovery, according to Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.
Pecoraro was the victim of knife wounds, but given the nature of the scene, a the medical examiner need to make a determination on the manner of death before the prosecutor’s office could treat the case as a homicide and not a possible suicide, said Park.
Pecoraro’s death was ruled a homicide, and investigators believe she 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
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