A 49-year-old Newburgh, NY resident has been arrested in Connecticut in connection to a double homicide_in River Edge.
Monica Mogg, is the former girlfriend of one of the victims, Arthur Noeldechan, 52, of Washingtonville, NY. She was charged with two counts of first degree murder and arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Thursday.
"On Wednesday Oct. 31 at approximately 2:21 p.m., the River Edge Police Department was requested to conduct a welfare check on the residence of 784 Millbrook Road," Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli stated in a press release.
During the welfare check, officers located Noeldechan and Lillian Kim, 42, of River Edge, in the Millbrook Road home bedroom. The investigation determined that Noeldechan and Kim were involved in a relationship.
According to Molinelli, Mogg had been stalking the victims for several months after her relationship with Noeldechan ended. On Tuesday evening it is believed that Mogg drove to River Edge where she entered Kim's Millbrook Road home through an unlocked rear door and then confronted the victims.
"Once there, she entered the house through an unlocked rear door armed with a rifle and a knife," Molinelli stated in the release.
During the confrontation, Mogg allegedly shot Noeldechan and then stabbed Kim before fleeing the state to Connecticut. Neither weapon has been recovered at this time.
Mogg was located by the Rocky Hill, Connecticut Police Department on Wednesday and detained after initially being reported missing by family members.
"The suspect has been arrested and been charged with two counts of first degree murder," River Edge Police Chief Thomas Cariddi said.
She was subsequently interviewed and charged with two counts of murder.
Several neighbors on Millbrook Road said they didn't know the pair, but added that the deaths were alarming.
"It's a shame," Ken Schuffenhauer, of Millbrook Road, said.
Bill Dittrich, who also lives on Millbrook, said the incident was particularly eerie, given its history.
"It's a haunted house," Dittrich said. "There was a suicide there in 1974 and then two fires since then."
Dittrich added that he believes some of the female victim's family members live in Staten Island and California.
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police stated in a press release that Mogg was taken into custody in Connecticut and is being held on bond as a Fugitive from Justice based on New Jersey’s active arrest warrant.
She is currently being held without bail at the York Correctional Institute in Niantic, Ct. pending extradition to Bergen County.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli stated that additional charges are expected once she is extradited to New Jersey. Her first appearance will held after her returned to New Jersey.