DECEMBER 25, 2015, 10:09 PM LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015, 1:30 AM
BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER |
An Edgewater man shot and killed his wife and 8-year-old daughter before taking his own life, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said during a press conference just before midnight Friday. Police discovered their bodies on Christmas in their luxury apartment building after they failed to turn up at a family holiday celebration, he said.
The prosecutor said the bodies of Michael Stasko, 53, his wife, Melissa, 49, and daughter, Nellie, 8, were found shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday in the Windsor at Mariners apartment building, when a relative in Missouri called the Edgewater police worried that they hadn’t yet arrived and weren’t answering their cellphones.
Stasko was found with a gunshot wound under his chin, and his wife and daughter had been shot in the backs of their heads, Molinelli said. The shootings could have occurred while the two were sleeping, as they were dressed in pajamas, and as long ago as Tuesday, on Nellie’s eighth birthday, Molinelli said. Along with the bodies, police found a .45-caliber handgun with hollow-point bullets.
A motive for the killings has not been determined.