Remains found in closet leads to indictment of Ventnor woman

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MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor woman was indicted Tuesday, April 8 on a charge of murdering her husband, whose remains were found in her closet after a six-year missing person investigation, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 62, was indicted for murder and hindering her own apprehension in connection with stabbing death of her husband, Daniel Burroughs, 66, when both lived on Leipzig Avenue in Hamilton Township.

Daniel Burroughs was reported missing to Hamilton Township Police in September 2007, when the couple lived in the Leipzig Avenue house.

After her husband’s disappearance, Loretta Burroughs moved to a home on the 300 block of Hampshire Avenue in Ventnor. In May 2013, Burroughs was relocating to a residence on West Florida Avenue in Villas, Cape May County.

On May 17, 2013, a joint investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Hamilton Township Police Department and the New Jersey State Police culminated in the execution of two search warrants at the Ventnor and Cape May County homes. Assisting with the searches were the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ventnor City and Lower Township Police Departments.

At the Ventnor residence, the team found human remains in a closet that were identified as Daniel Burroughs.

Loretta Burroughs was arrested at the Cape May County residence and charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her husband.

She remains lodged at the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $2 million bail.


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