Prosecutors say a retired police officer found strangled in his northern New Jersey home this week apparently died during a botched burglary that turned violent.
Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio tells The Jersey Journal that 68-year-old Frank Goggan was discovered face down on his living room floor Thursday after a neighbor who hadn't seen him in a while grew concerned and called police.
A preliminary autopsy report states Goggan suffered trauma to his head and neck and broken ribs. DeFazio said the victim died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation due to strangulation.
The assailant gained access to Goggan's home via forced entry to a window and used an electrical cord to strangle him. The cord was still around Goggan's neck when his body was discovered.