Family murdered in Colts Neck, brother in custody

This mansion in Colts Neck sits on nine acres of land and was destroyed by the fire.

A man who is being held by police for arson at his own home is the likely suspect in the death of his brother, sister in law, a nephew and niece.

Paul Caneiro, 51, has not been charged for the murders of his brother and business partner Keith, 50, or those of Keith’s wife Jennifer, 45, and their two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, eight.

Prosecutors say Paul Caneiro set fire to his home using gasoline while his wife Susan, and daughters Marissa, 23,and Katelyn, 26, were inside.

He was charged with aggravated arson for a fire that reported at his own home in Ocean Township, just before dawn on Tuesday, but there are obvious questions about his connection to the grizzly slaying of Keith Caneiro, whose body was found shot dead outside the Willow Brook Road mansion where he resided, about 12 miles away from the brother.

Firefighters responding to a house fire there on Tuesday afternoon discovered the burned bodies of the murdered millionaire’s family inside, where they had been stabbed and left for dead.

Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife Jennifer, 45, and their two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were apparently murdered and their home set on fire Tuesday.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni refused to say Wednesday whether Caneiro’s 51-year-old brother, Paul, was a suspect in the quadruple homicide and fire.

Gramiccioni said the couple, their 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were brutally killed before their house erupted in flames.

Jennifer Caneiro and the children had been stabbed before the house was set on fire.

Paul Caneiro has been charged with setting a fire at his own house – while his wife and two daughters were inside – hours before the massacre in Colts Neck.

That fire was reported at his home in Ocean Township at 5:01 am on Tuesday. Police rushed to the scene said Paul Caneiro stayed there for several hours with his wife and two adult daughters looking nervous and shaken.

Paul Caneiro reportedly stood in the street with ‘tears in his eyes’ and told neighbors a gas leak had caused the blaze.

Prosecutors say he doused part of his home with gasoline from cans then set it on fire. He left the area at noon, 40 minutes before the fire was reported at his brother’s home 12 miles away

Prosecutors say Paul (right after a car accident which gave him a limp) set fire to his home using gasoline while his wife Susan, (center left) and daughters Marissa, 23, (second from right) and Katelyn, 26, (left) were inside the home

Paul worked for Keith, who owned a technology consultancy firm, Square One, in Asbury Park.


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