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Bodies found in Paterson appear to be husband and wife murder-suicide: prosecutor

Posted at 4:15 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-29 16:16:25-04

PATERSON, N.J. — The bodies of two people found Sunday morning in Paterson have been revealed to be a husband and wife, and their deaths are believed to be a murder-suicide, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police responded to the incident at around 9:30 a.m. Officers discovered 31-year-old Estafani Hernandez and her husband, 49-year-old Alejo Batista, both dead inside the home.

Authorities’ initial investigation has revealed that it appears Batista stabbed Hernandez to death before taking his own live.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Officials said no other suspects are being sought.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.