Matawan, NJ, man charged with murder for killing his father

MATAWAN — A 31-year-old son is charged with the murder of his father earlier this year at a house where they lived together.

Kenneth Knapp, Jr. was arrested on Friday and charged with first degree murder. He also faces one count of second-degree desecration of human remains.

According to his obituary, Kenneth Knapp, Sr., 58, died May 1 at his home. He says he worked at the 9/11 Memorial in New York and volunteered as a firefighter in Warren.

“He will forever be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his love of the ocean and his love of animals,” read Knapp’s obituary.

Prosecutors said Matawan police responded to a request for a wellness check at Knapp’s home in the 200 block of Matawan Avenue on May 1. They found Knapp Sr.’s body in the basement. For more than two months, his cause of death was listed as pending.

However, an autopsy report released last month found his death to be a homicide, according to the Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office. The cause of death was blunt trauma and an inquest pointed to Knapp Jr., prosecutors said.

Knapp Jr. is being held at Monmouth County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Investigators are still asking for information from the public. MCPO Detective Brian Migliorisi is available at 800-533-744, while Matawan Police Detective Joseph Mason can be reached at 732-566-1010.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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