EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced Thursday that the deaths that occurred on June 22 in the township were accidental.
"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 seven feet deep. It doesn’t appear that the victims knew how to swim," sais a report issued by the prosecutor's office.
Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year-old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who resided 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 p.m. on Monday 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 as to what caused the death of the three family members.
The investigation remains ongoing and 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.