Father in New Jersey mansion fire killed by multiple gunshots, investigators say
COLTS NECK, N.J. – Nearly 48 hours after the Caneiro family was killed, investigators have begun a forensic examination of their mansion that was set ablaze shortly after their murders.
The all-night investigation confirmed that 50-year-old Keith Caneiro was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. The bodies of his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia, were found inside the home.
The cause of death for the Caneiro mother and children are still under review “pending toxicology” reports, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.
Investigators were still on the scene Thanksgiving morning, where Willow Brook Road remained eerily unchanged from the past few days – as if the holiday hadn’t even occurred.
Two Colts Neck police cars blocked off access to the street from Route 34, where a passer-by could still clearly see police lights and vehicles parked in front of the Caneiros’ driveway.
The only thing missing from the scene were scores of media outlets converging at the police checkpoint, or walking through nearby streets talking to neighbors about the family.
That the murders occurred two days before Thanksgiving was a common refrain among the shocked neighbors interviewed by the Asbury Park Press and at a candelight vigil held on Thanksgiving Eve in the Caneiros’ memory.
“I hope in the face of this that we can still be thankful this Thanksgiving, because we have each other, because I see you hugging each other and loving each other and supporting each other, especially these kids,” Colts Neck Community Church Pastor Chris Durkin told the 100 mourners gathered on Wednesday night.
The mystery surrounding the murders and arson will likely be fodder for Thanksgiving dinner discussion, as neither a suspect nor a motive have been identified.
Caneiro’s brother, Paul, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of aggravated arson after he allegedly set his own Ocean Township home ablaze. That fire occurred hours before calls came in about the fire at Keith Caneiro’s Colts Neck home.
Gramiccioni on Wednesday repeatedly declined to identify Paul Caneiro as a suspect in the murders of his brother’s family.
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