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A New Jersey woman was murdered by her husband on Monday morning before he fatally jumped off a bridge.
Denise Bartone, 48, was reportedly stabbed to death in the family’s home in Freehold Township by her husband, Kenneth Bartone, before he leapt to his death, according to PEOPLE.
Kenneth was later found “floating in the Raritan River this afternoon dead of an apparent suicide,” the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
Passersby said that they saw a man jump from the bridge at roughly 7 a.m. on Monday, according to PEOPLE.
A car registered to the family was discovered parked on the Thomas Edison Memorial Bridge earlier in the morning as well.
Their three daughters were inside the house during the time of the suspected murder, the Asbury Park Press reports, but they were not harmed. They’re currently residing with family members.
Police have not established an exact motive, but they are investigating the incident as a possible murder-suicide, according to APP.
Denise was the former chairwoman of the Freehold Township Education Foundation, APP reports, adding that she also worked at Rutgers University as a marketing specialist. Kenneth, meanwhile, was a scientist for Allied Signal, which is now Honeywell International Inc.
One of the couple’s neighbors, Lenny Davidowitz, told APP that this kind of thing has not happened ever since he moved to the neighborhood in 1977, adding that he was “extremely upset” over the situation.
“I never expected this in this area,” he told the paper Tuesday.
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