Vera Pecoraro was found Saturday evening, July 7, 2012, lying on a sofa in her stately suburban home, her throat cut by a serrated knife that was left nearby, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said.
One of the woman’s three sons, Anthony Pecoraro, told police he discovered her body.
The body was found in the locked house when he went there for her birthday. She would have turned 74 on the day she was found.
“We do believe she was targeted. This was not a random attack,” Romankow said in a news conference at his office in Elizabeth. “We don’t believe the residents of Clark are in danger of some lunatic going around the area.”