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Prosecutors: Toms River Woman Used Tape Dispenser, Shower Rod in Murder

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Mary Carbone, 56, of Toms River (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Mary Carbone, 56, of Toms River (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

A Toms River woman is facing murder charges in the death of the man she had been living with, prosecutors announced late Wednesday night.

Mary Carbone, 56, of Toms River, is charged in the Feb. 24 murder of Frank Stochel, a resident of 6th Avenue in Manchester. She is also facing weapons charges.

According to a statement released by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday night, police discovered Stochel’s body in his home Feb. 24 after receiving a report of an unresponsive male at his address. The death was ruled a homicide the following day.

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Investigators found that Carbone and Stochel both resided at the 6th Avenue residence in Manchester, and that several household items were allegedly used by Carbone in the commission of the murder. Specially, a tape dispenser and a shower rod were recovered from the scene, according to police.

“The injuries sustained by Mr. Stochel were consistent with the implementation of these items,” the statement said. “Further investigation ultimately determined that Carbone was the individual responsible for Mr. Stochel’s death.”

Carbone was arrested Wednesday and transported to the Ocean County Jail where she is lodged pending a detention hearing.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Manchester police and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office conducted the joint investigation. They were assisted by out-of-state agencies, including the Santa Rosa County, Fla. Sherriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Westchester County, N.Y. Police Department, and Oneida County, N.Y. Sherriff’s Department.