April 5, 2013 press release
Two men and two women were arrested by Franklin Township NJ and Gloucester County NJ investigators late Thursday (4/4) on charges that they tied up, robbed and murdered 54-year-old John McConnell in his Franklin Township NJ home on March 31, 2013.
McConnell was found dead on a bathroom floor of his Main Road log home by his brother on Monday evening (4/1). His hands and feet had been bound with duct tape and zip ties, according to the criminal complaints.
An autopsy concluded McConnell died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck and positional asphyxiation.
Charged with burglary, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, robbery and murder are Jon O. Nordberg (DOB 6/5/72), of 925 Strawberry Ave., Vineland NJ; David J. Buss (DOB 6/2/79), of 246 Union Rd., Glassboro NJ; Amanda C. Rickerd (DOB 11/21/94), of 625 Sherwood Place, Mantua NJ and Valerie G. Niessner (DOB 2/12/66), of 240 Salina Rd., Sewell NJ. All were transported from their residences to the Franklin Township Police Department and charged there.
“My thanks to the GCPO and the Franklin Township Police Department for their outstanding work, along with the assisting agencies,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean. F. Dalton. “They worked tirelessly from the time Mr. McConnell
was found, through the night of the arrests.”
“”I too am very proud of the work done by both the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office and the Franklin Township Police Department,” said Franklin Police Chief Michael Rock. “Their efforts resulted in the arrest of these dangerous individuals who are no longer a danger to our community. I am certainly not alone in saying that I am relieved that the responsible parties will face justice for their crimes against Mr. McConnell.’’
Bail was set at $1.5 million for Nordberg, $1 million for Buss and $750,000 each for Rickerd and Niessner. Nordberg and Buss are in the Gloucester County Jail in default of bail and Rickerd and Niessner are in Salem County’s women’s detention facility in default of bail
The arrests resulted from information received late Thursday by investigators for the Franklin Township PD and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Nordberg was a friend of the victim, Niessner was Nordberg’s girlfriend, Rickerd is a niece of Niessner and Buss was a friend of Nordberg.
In the course of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Nordberg’s residence and two cars believed to have been used in the crimes were seized. Also, an underwater diving team of the New Jersey State Police TEAMS unit assisted in recovering a safe taken from the McConnell home and located in a Vineland-area lake. The Vineland Police Department also provided assistance in the investigation.