60-year-old mom dies in a New Jersey house fire. Now, police say her son is her killer.


May 9 2021, Published 9:17 a.m. ET

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Police in New Jersey are looking for a man accused of killing his mother in a house fire.

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and Regional Arson Task Force was called in to investigate the suspicious death of a 60-year-old woman during a one-alarm fire in Jersey City.

Authorities responded to a report of a fire at Virginia Avenue home around 1 a.m. on May 6, and found a critically injured woman on the first floor.

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Later, the victim, identified as Jacqueline Nelson, 60, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead around 4:15 a.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officials believe that this fire was no accident, and the person accused of setting the blaze was the victim’s son.

Terrance Nelson, 29, of Jersey City, has been charged with first-degree murder, and is still at large as of May 8.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office official website at All information will be kept confidential.


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