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Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

John Sykes, Felicia Hunt identified as New Jersey couple dead in murder suicide

A man and woman found dead in their northern New Jersey home Friday from an apparent murder-suicide were identified by authorities Monday morning.

John Sykes, 47, and Felicia Hunt, 23, were the two dead bodies found in a Belleville home Friday, says Essex County prosecutors. Anthony Ambrose, the chief of detectives for the prosecutor’s office, said it appears Sykes apparently killed Hunt before taking his own life.

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Police discovered the bodies Friday evening, 6:30 p.m., after Sykes did not report for work and no one could contact the man.

“As the officers peered in a window they observed a male and female lying dead,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The two lived together at the house and “appeared” to be involved in a relationship, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Autopsies were pending and the Essex County Homicide Task Force was investigating. Further details on the deaths have not been disclosed.

“Essex County is New Jersey’s homicide capital. One in three of the state’s killings occur in Newark and surrounding towns. But while taking a life is the most serious criminal offense on the books, police and prosecutors have struggled to put murderers behind bars,” The Star Ledger reports in their coverage on crime in the area.

Based on other cities in America, Newark has twice the number of crimes and murder is an offense that law enforcement cannot seem to get a handle on – more data, breakdown HERE

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