PATERSON, N.J. — A car reportedly registered to “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Kim DePaola was set on fire and when the flames were put out, two bodies were found inside, authorities said.
Officers responded about 2 a.m. on March 17 to a car fire on East 28th Street between Broadway and 14th Avenue in Paterson, N.J., police said.
Crews from the Paterson Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze. When the flames were out, two bodies were found inside the vehicle.
The pair was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identifies have not been released and their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide, police said.
TMZ reports the car involved in the grisly case belongs to DePaola, a boutique owner and frequent feature on the Bravo reality show chronicling the lives of several Garden State women.
According to NJ.com, the Audi was driven mainly by DePaola’s son, who loaned it to a friend after leaving town days before the fire.
In a note posted to Instagram, DePaola did not specify that her car was involved but appeared to reference the incident:
“I am humbled by the outpour of love and support during this very difficult time. My son and I are both safe. Our deepest condolences go out to the victims’ families of this truly horrific tragedy.”
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with information about this incident to contact the tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org.