Law Enforcement Seeking Public’s Help In Long Branch Murders Investigation

Veronica Roach

Veronica Roach

Joan Colbert

Joan Colbert

Monmouth County Prosecutors and the Long Branch Police Department are seeking the general public’s assistance in the investigation into the murders of a Long Branch woman and her foster daughter.

Long Branch Police responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious circumstance on Friday August 1 at 5:22 PM.  Officers found the bodies of Joan Colbert, 62 and Veronica Roach, 10 in a first floor apartment of 61 Lippincott Avenue.

Dr. Diane Karlik of the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled both deaths homicides.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information that may be important to solving this crime to call Detective Richard Chapman, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-577-8700, or Detective Ross Zotti, of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Long Branch, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Law Enforcement Seeking Public’s Help In Long Branch Murders Investigation”

  1. LaShon Anderson said at 7:48 pm on August 3rd, 2014:

    I am so in disbelief. It is sad to actually see that peoples lives are not valued on high standards…I dont understand why someone would commit such a crime. It is hard to trust people these days.So heart broken right now.

  2. Hey nice.... said at 10:13 am on August 4th, 2014:

    Quoting for posterity:

    Bianca Martinez · HBIC (head bitch in charge) at Bitch Please
    God bless the family this is crazy
    Reply ·· 8 hours ago

    Stay classy, Long Branch!

  3. swantise Gordon said at 1:57 pm on August 4th, 2014:


  4. michelle Gilliard said at 10:03 am on August 5th, 2014:

    May Joan and Veronica Rest In Peace and May God Wrap his arms around there love ones , friends and the entire Long Branch at this time dealing with the lost of 2 angels. May God Bring Fwd The person or people who took both of there Lifes. I know they both fought bk hoping that some DNA can be Found. JUSTICE FOR JOAN AND VERONICA.

  5. Susan said at 10:14 pm on August 10th, 2014:

    My condolences go out to their families. My Veronica and Joan RIP.