Officers arrest man who twice fired shots into the air

Investigation of 1975 Deptford Homicide Continues; $10,000 Reward Offered

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office press release October 28, 2013


WOODBURY NJ--Gone is the Almonesson Road home in Deptford where 17-year-old Patrick O’Neill was fatally shot when he walked in on what was probably a burglary on Oct. 30, 1975.


The farmhouse the O’Neill family called home, that became a crime scene, was demolished years ago. What remains is the Deptford High School boy’s grave in New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr NJ and the continued determination of his three brothers and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office to learn who killed Patrick in his house that afternoon. The murder is one of Gloucester County‘s oldest unsolved homicides.


Patrick’s older brother, Michael O’Neill, now living in Louisiana, is using a Facebook page this month to post pictures that appeared in news coverage after the shooting.. He hopes that these would “prod people’s memories and perhaps a conscience or two” O’Neill said in an e-mail.


Meanwhile, GCPO Det. William Perna is continuing an investigation that has passed through the hands of a number of Deptford, county and State Police officers over the last 38 years.  After reorganizing the three-carton file of information about the case and re-interviewing many of the people who police initially spoke with, 


Perna has developed several persons of interest and remains hopeful that this case will be solved some day.  “What is needed is the help of the public,” he said.


A $10,000 reward has been offered, a portion of it by Michael O”Neill,  for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Patrick O’Neill’s death. Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 384-5645 or provide a tip anonymously by texting GLOTIP & your message to CRIMES (274637). 

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