RNJ News Department

Blairstown shooting victim identifed

BLAIRSTOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (Warren County) – Authorities are still investigating the murder of a Blairstown woman that occurred Wednesday morning.

Troopers from the Hope Station responded at 1:02 a.m. to a domestic dispute at 4 Cherry Tree Lane and found 46-year-old Julie Matte deceased.

According to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke, the coroner has not officially determined a cause of death, but Matte was found with several gunshot wounds to her torso area.

Matte was the one who placed the 911 call early Wednesday morning, Burke said. There was no history of domestic violence at the residence, according to Burke.

Based on the preliminary investigation, state police detectives discovered that the victim resided with 55-year-old Edward Aghahowa.

As a result, the State Police issued a bulletin to area law enforcement in order to locate him for questioning.

At 9:25 a.m., Aghahowa was located at 822 County Road 519 in Frelinghuysen Township, suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, which resulted in his death.

North Warren Regional High School and Blairstown Elementary School both lifted a “shelter in place” order and activities at the schools have returned to normal. Students had taken shelter for about an hour as authorities investigated, Blairstown police said.

“There is no threat to the public,” Blairstown police said on the department’s Facebook page.

The investigation remains active and on-going by the New Jersey State Police, the Warren County Prosecutor’s office and the Blairstown Police Department.

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By: Jay Edwards
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