SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) — Police believe a suburban New York woman and her boyfriend killed her uncle before they jumped to their deaths.
Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said Wednesday that a financial dispute appeared to be the motive for the killing of 70-year-old William Valenti.
Gary Crockett, 41, and Nicki Hunt, 40, of Suffern, were wanted for questioning in the suspicious death of Circelli’s uncle. (Twitter)
The chief says that after detectives learned about the killing and a dispute, they heard about a couple who had jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Monday.
The pair carried no identification. Osborn identified them as 40-year-old Nicki Hunt and 41-year-old Gary Crockett.
Hunt and Crockett had been living with Valenti.
A woman who lives in an apartment above Valenti’s told the New York Daily News she heard a loud noise on the day the 70-year-old’s body was found. Later that morning 42-year-old Josefina Rodriguez remembered noticing that she couldn’t hear Valenti’s regular coughing, “He always coughed. And every day I heard his truck. When I didn’t hear his truck, I thought something must be wrong.”
The chief says the couple had withdrawn over $1,000 from Valenti’s accounts. He says they left a note hinting they might harm themselves.