New Jersey Man Accused of Killing Woman Now Linked to Cold Case Murder of Fiancée Nearly 7 Years Ago

Daniel Brennan is charged with the death of a Pitman woman he met on a dating app. Now police say he killed his fiancée  in Vineland years earlier.

(Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018)

A New Jersey man accused of killing a woman who he met on a dating app is now being linked to the murder of his pregnant fiancée more than six years ago.

It has been six and a half years since Courtney Allen was murdered on New Year’s Eve. The pregnant mother of two from Vineland was strangled to death, according to a police affidavit.

The investigation into her death ended in a cold case until this week when police charged 33-year-old Greenwich-native Daniel Brennan, Allen’s former fiancé, with her murder.

This accusation comes only 11 days after Brennan was charged with first and third degree murder for allegedly beating to death a woman he met on Tinder.

After they met on the dating app, Brennan moved into 31-year-old Leeann Foltrauer’s Pitman, New Jersey, home. She was discovered dead on July 18 after her mother called police and reported that she hadn’t heard from her daughter in five days.

Neighbors told police that they remembered hearing “commotion and a loud noise” coming from Foltrauer’s house around 5 a.m. on July 15. They also saw her car speed out for the driveway.

Brennan allegedly tied Foltrauer’s wrists while he beat her. She died from multiple blunt force injuries to the head, according to an autopsy.

Foltrauer’s mother took to Facebook to express her grief.

“I miss my daughter Leeann. I can’t believe I will never see her alive or talk to her again,” she wrote.

A woman who said she was an ex-girlfriend of Brennan’s commented on the post and recalled Brennan’s abuse in their own relationship.

“He put his hands around my neck and told me he was going to kill me,” she wrote. “If he was locked up the first time he committed murder this would never have happened.”

Allen's mother, Mimi Allen believes that Brennan was prevented from being locked up after her daughter's murder because his DNA was all over their house.

"Vineland police could never prove it," she said.

She said she believed he killed Courtney all along, however.

"He had a temper," she said. "This has haunted me since 2011."

Brennan will go before a judge Thursday morning in Gloucester County for Foltrauer’s murder. He is scheduled for a detention hearing next Monday in the Allen case.