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Hunterdon County homicide suspect arrested

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: May 31 2013 04:27:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 06:21:32 AM CDT

Hunterdon County Murder Suspect Arrested

RARITAN TWP., N.J. -

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office says investigators have arrested the person believed to be responsible for the homicide of a 35-year-old Raritan Township man.

Police have identified him as 39-year-old Gary Passarelli from North Plainfield Township. He is currently being held in prison on $1 million bail.

Authorities began the investigation Friday after John Niko was found dead in his home in the Sun Ridge Development. Sun Ridge is southeast of Flemington.

"The scene is secure and there is no danger to the public," Kearns said in a news release issued Saturday afternoon. "The investigation is still active.”

The death is being investigated by detectives from the Raritan Township Police Department and the Hunterdon County prosecutor’s office. Also assisting is the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and various police agencies in Somerset County.

Officials have not released how Niko died.