Police are investigating what they characterized as a murder-suicide in Belleville.
Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, said that the Belleville PD responded to a residential location on New St. on Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., to check on the status of resident John Sykes, 47, after Sykes hadn’t shown up for work.
Inside, police discovered the lifeless bodies of Sykes and Felicia Hunt, 23, Carter said.
“It appears to be a murder-suicide,” Carter said.
Police believe there was some type of relationship between Sykes and Hunt, Carter said.
The bodies were removed to the offices of the Essex County Medical Examiner where an autopsy was to be conducted, according to Carter.
Carter said the incident remains under investigation. No further details were readily available at The Observer’s press time.
– Ron Leir