Corrections officers dead in murder-suicide

Authorities say the deaths of a man and woman employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, whose bodies were found Saturday night in a Bridgeton home appear to be the victims of a murder-suicide.

Police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the alleged murder-suicide of a 43-year-old man and 45-year-old woman.

Officers responded about 10 p.m. Saturday to a house on Hopewell Road after a family friend called police, who found the bodies in the basement of the Hopewell Road home, according to the Bridgeton Police Department.

Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said the man and woman, who lived together at the home in the western end of Bridgeton, were killed by gunshot wounds

Gaimari said the evidence indicates the man shot the woman before turning the gun on himself, but detectives are continuing to investigate.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections Monday identified the victims as 45-year-old Stephanie Meyer and 43-year-old Joseph Williams.

Meyer worked as a senior corrections officer at Bayside State Prison and Williams was a senior investigator at Southern State Correctional Facility. Both facilities are in Cumberland County.


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