MAYS LANDING — The Pennsylvania man charged in the 2014 murder of a 25-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman was indicted last week.

Timothy P. Wright, 39, of Chambersburg, was indicted June 6 on one count of murder in the strangling of Joyce Vanderhoff, court records show.

A post-indictment arraignment, where Wright will enter a plea, has not yet been scheduled.

At 9:51 a.m. Feb. 14, 2014, Vanderhoff was found dead on the side of the road in Hamilton Township after police responded to a report of a body spotted by a passing motorist on Weymouth Road near milepost 24, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a news release announcing Wright’s arrest.

“The investigation into the murder of Ms. Vanderhoff has never stopped since her death in February 2014,” he said at the time of Wright’s arrest.

The prosecutor credited the detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office who worked the case until an arrest was made.

Her death was ruled a homicide, and an autopsy determined the cause of death to be strangulation.

Wright, who was living in Mays Landing at the time of Vanderhoff’s killing, was interviewed by police, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Detectives determined Vanderhoff was with Wright at his home before she was found dead.

In addition, Wright’s cellphone revealed “turn-by-turn navigation from the area of where Vanderhoff’s body was located to the area of Wright’s residence” the night before, hours before her body was found, according to the document.

Wright was arrested April 26 by officers from the Chambersburg Police Department. He was extradited to New Jersey and booked into Atlantic County jail May 8 and held after a detention hearing later that month.

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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