EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Things were somber on East Brunswick's Clearview Road today as mourning for the loss of three lives in a single family began. Gone were the news helicopters and cameras, police cars and emergency responders. What remained was grief.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that the tragic deaths that occurred on June 22, 2020 in the Township were accidental in nature.
"Although the investigation is active, it was determined that electricity did not play a part in the death of these three victims. The above-ground pool was mostly shallow at 3½ feet deep, but there was a portion of the pool that was 7 feet deep. It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim," says a report issued by the prosecutor's office today.
Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick were previously identified as the victims who perished.
East Brunswick Police responded to the residence located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020 and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.
As a matter of procedure, the Office of Emergency Management called an electrician to check the property around the pool to assure the safety of the first responders. There was no electrical emergency, confirmed Austin Kozik of the OEM. However, online speculation about the cause of death continued to focus electrical problems, leading to false conclusions and outright guessing.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kimberly DiParisi of the East Brunswick Police Department at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.