Husband Fatally Stabs N.J. Mom with 3 Kids at Home Before Jumping to His Death off Bridge

Victim Denise Bartone was active with the school district

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Photo: Denise Bartone/Facebook

Authorities in New Jersey confirm a mother-of-three was murdered Monday by her husband, who then jumped off a nearby bridge to his death.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office says Denise Bartone was stabbed to death inside the Freehold house she shared with her husband while the couple’s three daughters were home in other rooms.

Police do not believe that the girls witnessed the killing.

Denise, 48, worked at Rutgers University, according to NJ.com, and was the former chairwoman of the Freehold’s educational foundation.

They had lived in their home for 15 years, the site reports.

Investigators located a vehicle that was registered to the family parked near the Thomas Edison Memorial Bridge in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The body of Kenneth Bartone, 53, was found floating in the Raritan River on Monday afternoon.

Passersby reported seeing a man leap from the bridge at around 7 a.m. Monday.

No motive has been discussed, but the investigation into the murder-suicide continues.

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NJ.com obtained a letter sent to parents of children in the Freehold school district.

“The district has made arrangements for additional counselors and child study team members to be available tomorrow at the schools most impacted by this loss,” Superintendent Neal Dickstein wrote in the letter. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Bartone girls and their extended family.”

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