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Colts Neck fatal four mystery deepens as brother is charged with setting his own house ablaze

The brother of the Colts Neck man found dead along with his wife and two children in a quadruple homicide…

The brother of the Colts Neck man found dead along with his wife and two children in a quadruple homicide at their burning mansion Tuesday has been charged with setting his own house ablaze hours earlier the same day.

Paul Caneiro, 51 , was booked in the Monmouth County jail in Freehold Wednesday morning on a count of aggravated arson in Ocean Township, jail records show.

Caneiro’s brother, Keith and his family were found dead Tuesday at their Colts Neck estate, according to sources. Keith Caneiro was found with a gun shot wound that did not appear to be self-inflicted outside his smoldering Colts Neck mansion Tuesday afternoon, sources previously told NJ Advance Media. The mansion was in flames when authorities arrived around 1

2:45 pm

According to multiple law enforcement sources, Paul Caneiro was charged with trying to intentionally set a fire at his Tilton Drive residence in the Wayside section of town earlier on Tuesday morning.

No charges have been filed in the Colts Neck four or in the homicides of Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife Jennifer Caneiro, 45, and two of their children. Jennifer Caneiro and the two children were found inside the $ 1.5 million dollar sprawling mansion on Willow Brook Road.

Keith and Jennifer Caneiro

At an afternoon press conference on Tuesday, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni declined to release the names of the victims in the Colts Neck, but said two of the bodies located inside the residence were children.

He said the bodies inside were “burned severely.”

Gramiccioni said detectives were following up on leads that the fire in Ocean Township is possibly linked to the Colts Neck blaze.

Paul Caneiro lives at his Ocean Township residence with his wife, Susan.

Paul Caneiro’s home on Tilton Drive in Ocean Township. He was charged Wednesday morning with intentionally setting it on fire. (Sophie Nieto-Munoz | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Neighbors told NJ Advance Media Paul Caneiro appeared visibly distressed with “tears in his eyes” after the fire broke out before dawn at his house.

Neighbors said he stayed at the scene until about noon. He and his wife had not returned home as of Tuesday evening.

Neighbors described the Ocean Township couple, who had two older children, as friendly and helpful, and said Paul Caneiro had been injured in a car accident in Asbury Park a few years ago.

Keith Caneiro is listed as the owner of both the technology company, Square One, and EcoStar Pest Management in Asbury Park, working both businesses with Paul Caneiro.

The two grew up in Brooklyn before both marrying women from Staten Island and moving to New Jersey.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is scheduled to have a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Sophie Nieto-Munoz, Ted Sherman and Thomas Moriarty contributed to this report.

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