2 Bodies Found After NJ Standoff; Suspect Killed

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“This was a very complex matter, considering the space (where the hostages were) and that three children were involved,” Fuentes said. “Our mission over those 37 hours was to save innocent lives.”

Authorities found the bodies of Stevens and her 13-year-old son in separate bedrooms. Stevens’ body was in an advanced state of decomposition, and police said she and her son may have been killed two weeks ago. Police didn’t say which of the bodies they had seen inside the home Friday afternoon.

Three of Stevens’ children — an 18-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy — were rescued and taken to a medical center for evaluation and treatment. Murphy had abused and assaulted the captives, Bocchini said.

Murphy and Stevens had been dating for a few months, and both lived in the house, police said. He was not the father of any of her children.

Authorities wouldn’t comment on a possible motive or say how the victims died, citing the ongoing investigation. They also would not say whether any bombs or other explosives were recovered at the residence.

Attempts to contact the victims’ relatives and neighbors were unsuccessful on Sunday.

Murphy had a long criminal history including convictions for aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy, Bocchini said. He had previously been arrested for robbery and weapons offenses and child endangerment. He also had an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania for failing to register as a sex offender.

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4 thoughts on “2 Bodies Found After NJ Standoff; Suspect Killed

  1. I am amazed that you all believe that she didn’t know he was a sex offender. Probably because you are good parents, but I am sure she knew and that he gave her some lame excuse that she was ready to believe because he was a male that showed her a little attention. A lot of times women care more about that than they do their children and vice versa.

  2. I agree. It is astounding that so many desperate women (yes) will take men into their lives and homes without any background knowledge. Hey, you can check anybody with a legal name and birth date. Ladies, you need to get real!

  3. She really didn’t take time to get to know him because if she had, she would have left him right where she found him. I will never understand why some people are so desperate and such poor judges of character. This was no happy ending.


    • Agreed smh if only she would have gotten to know him better and NOT moved him in after a few months. The signs of his true identity wouldve coem out. We have got to care abt our kids more than that.

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