MAYS LANDING — A Pennsylvania man pleaded not guilty Thursday in the 2014 murder of a 25-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman.

Timothy P. Wright, 39, of Chambersburg, who was indicted June 6 on one count of murder in the strangling of Joyce Vanderhoff, entered the plea before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr., court records show.

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.

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

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

Wright’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 22.

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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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