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July 11, 2004

Murder by Antifreeze

State Troopers Arrest Burlington Co. Woman for Poisoning Her Brother-in-Law

Shamong Twp., Burlington County, N.J. - After an exhausting three-day investigation, State Police detectives arrested a Burlington County woman at 4:00 a.m. this morning, charging her with the poisoning murder of her brother-in-law, Jonathan Neabor, 58, of Austin Avenue in Old Bridge, NJ.

As the amount of evidence gathered by troopers grew, Maryann Neabor, 53, of Shawnee Trail, Shamong Township, arranged to meet State Police detectives at 3:00 a.m. this morning in the parking lot of Palace Diner on Rt. 73 in Berlin with her lawyer. She was taken to Red Lion Station where she was shortly thereafter charged with the murder of her husband's brother.

The investigation indicates that the crime occurred on Wednesday night, July 7, when Maryann Neabor blended a fruit juice drink with antifreeze and served it to Jonathan Neabor at her home. Early the next morning troopers and an ambulance were detailed to the home to take the victim to the hospital. Suffering from nausea, dizziness and loss of motor skills, he was transported by Shamong Township Rescue Squad to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly for treatment. Maryann Neabor, a trained EMT, was at the hospital as the victim was being treated.

On Friday afternoon, troopers received a call from Dr. Ragasa of the Burlington County Medical Examiner's Office who advised that Jonathan Neabor had died. Preliminary tests revealed that his blood contained a high concentration of Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze).

Members of Troop C Criminal Investigation Office and the Major Crime Unit began numerous interviews with family members and emergency and hospital personnel. Based on this information, search warrants for the home and vehicles were issued and evidence was gathered with the assistance of State Police Crime Scene Investigators.

Later on Friday, an autopsy confirmed that Neabor's death was caused by ingestion of antifreeze. Troopers continued the investigation through the night on Friday and again on Saturday gathering valuable insight into the murder. The financial resources of Jonathan Neabor have risen to the top of the potential motivations for this crime. He was not married and had no children.

This morning, Maryann Neabor was lodged in Burlington County Jail in Pemberton Twp. in default of $500,000 bail, (no 10%), which was set by Judge Baldwin. Her husband, Michael Neabor, 54, has not been implicated in the crime. Parts of the investigation are still ongoing.

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