UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 21, 2018
Officials responded to a fire in Colts Neck, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon to find smoke billowing out of a mansion.
In the front yard they found the body of a male who had been shot to death. As firefighters continued to work, they made another grisly discovery — three more bodies inside the home.
Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni confirmed the fire and accompanying deaths are still under investigation.
“We have confirmed that there are four fatalities that were found to be at the home — it’s two adults and two children,” he announced. “We are still investigating the cause and manner, and unfortunately the fire, because it is still ongoing, is creating some challenges for investigation.”
Gramiccioni said more than 20 fire departments responded to the blaze.
The three individuals found inside the home were reportedly severely burned, making them difficult to identify. The county medical examiner was called to the scene and will determine the cause of death for all four victims.
Gramiccioni also confirmed the fire itself was being investigated as an act of arson.
“We are investigating this as intentional, as an arson, an intentional fire, but I have nothing further in terms of investigating the fatalities that I can provide at this time,” he stated.
According to reports, one of the owners is a married technology CEO with two children.
Colts Neck is an upscale neighborhood about 50 miles south of New York City, where the average home is valued at around $750,000.
Investigators said they are looking into a possible link between this fire and another suspicious fire in nearby Ocean Township at a different home reportedly owned by a relative of the Colts Neck homeowner.