August 2, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernie Weisenfeld- PIO/GCPO
Re. : Husband charged in Woolwich NJ woman’s murder
Norman F. Long (DOB 8/18/65), was arrested Tuesday (8/1/17) at his Woolwich Township NJ home and charged by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office with the murder of 47-year-old Michelle Long, his wife.
Michelle Long’s body was found in a swimming pool at the couple’s Forrest Court residence on 6/17/17. An autopsy determined the cause of her death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was homicide.
Norman Long, a self-employed construction contractor married to Michelle Long for more than 15 years, is accused of “purposely or knowingly” causing her death, “specifically by using physical force to cause blunt head and neck trauma.” This is a first-degree crime.
Long is also charged with fourth-degree concealing evidence “by disposing paper towels containing the blood of Michelle Long in the kitchen trashcan” and with fourth-degree obstructing the administration of law by disposing of the blood-stained paper towels and by placing Michelle Long in the swimming pool.
Following his arrest, Norman Long was transported to the Ann Klein Forensic Center, a state psychiatric hospital in Trenton, for an evaluation.
According to an investigator’s affidavit of probable cause, Norman Long and neighbors were at poolside when the investigator arrived at 8:35 p.m. on 6/17/17, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Michelle Long. Norman Long “became combative” while CPR was being administered and had to be restrained, the neighbors said. Michelle Long was pronounced dead at the residence. A small dog, deceased, was found at the bottom of the pool.
Assisting in the investigation was the Woolwich Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office