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Missing New Jersey couple found dead in girlfriend’s garage

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WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a young couple who went missing late last month have been found dead in a garage at a northern New Jersey home.

But it’s not yet known what caused the deaths of 24-year-old Garfield resident Jorge Rodriguez and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Melissa Pereira. They were found around 11:15 a.m. in Wayne, but authorities would not provide further details.

The couple was last seen leaving Pereira’s home in Wayne on Dec. 27.

Authorities have said they were headed to a Pennsylvania bed and breakfast, where they had made New Year’s Eve reservations. They were reported missing Dec. 30.

Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco told The Star-Ledger that investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the deaths.

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