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Matawan Man Admits to Killing His Father and Hiding the Body in 2022

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has revealed that 32-year-old Kenneth Knapp Jr. of Matawan pled guilty to charges of first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter and second-degree Desecration of Human Remains earlier this week.

On May 1st 2022, police responded to conduct a welfare check on 58-year-old victim Kenneth Knapp Sr. after friends and family had been unable to contact him. His body was found wrapped in a tarp in the basement of the home the two men shared. An investigation by the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Matawan Police Department found that Knapp, a former collegiate wrestler, had assaulted and killed his father in the home’s bathroom a week before the body was found.

Knapp Jr. Was taken into custody August 19th, 2022. Sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for April 18th.