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Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
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UPDATE: A 100-year-old Elmwood Park man killed his 88-year-old wife with an ax while she slept Sunday night, then killed himself by slitting his wrists with a knife in a bathroom, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in formally declaring the incident a murder-suicide and closing the investigation this afternoon.

The bodies of Michael and Rosalia Juskin were found on the first floor of their two-story Spruce Street home near Jan Court at 8:40 a.m. yesterday after a relative dialed 911, Molinelli said.

“The caller went to the residence to check on the two after family members were unable to contact them and became concerned,” the prosecutor said this afternoon. “Responding officers entered the residence, and based upon their observations immediately secured the scene and contacted detectives.”

They, in turn, found the bodies, he said.

An ax and knife were among the evidence recovered by detectives from the prosecutor’s office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, responders told CLIFFVIEW PILOT soon after the bodies were found yesterday morning.

The couple had “a history of domestic issues,” Molinelli said hours later, but authorities had “no known motive.”

Police confirmed no fewer than three domestic calls to the house but none that rose to the level requiring complaints, charges or restraining orders.

“Autopsies conducted today by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the investigative findings,” Molinelli said this afternoon. “The Medical Examiner has determined the death of Rosalia Juskin to be a homicide, and the death of Michael Juskin a suicide.”


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