Would-Be Xanax Thief Arrested on Murder Charge in New Jersey Campground Body Case: Cops - NBC New York

Would-Be Xanax Thief Arrested on Murder Charge in New Jersey Campground Body Case: Cops

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    Police Investigate NJ Campground After Body Discovered

    Three people are being questioned in connection to a body that was discovered in a New Jersey campground.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 21, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A man has been arrested on murder and other charges after a body was found at a New Jersey campground over the weekend

    • The body was discovered Sunday at Surf and Stream Campground in Manchester; cops had to shut the area down as they investigated

    • A suspect, John Terrence Mullen, was in custody Monday; no other details were immediately available

    A man has been arrested on murder and other charges after a body was found at a campground in New Jersey over the weekend, prompting police to close it down.

    The suspect, 50-year-old John Mullen of Seaside Heights, was jailed Monday on charges that also include tampering with evidence and robbery, in addition to multiple counts of murder, in the killing of Thomas Applegate, 33. 

    At this point, it appears Mullen met Applegate at the Surf and Stream Campground in Manchester to steal Xanax from him, according to investigators. Applegate ended up dead; the campground was shut down Sunday when he was found with a gaping wound to his chest in the entrance driveway. 

    Authorities had initially said three people were being questioned in the case; it wasn't clear if Mullen was one of those three people, nor was it known if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. 

    Officials said the incident was isolated and there were no threats to the public.

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