READINGTON, NJ - An investigation into two deaths here first reported yesterday has revealed it was a murder-suicide, Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III stated today in a press release.
The incident is a result of domestic violence, he said. Readington police were dispatched to a Readington Road home on “a report of an injured woman” and found Kimberly Uvenio, 48, had died from “what appeared to be blunt force trauma,” according to Kearns.
Police used K9s that led them to a shed on the property, Kearns said, where investigators found Salvatore Uvenio, 52, who had died from apparent “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
An autopsy was performed this morning and confirmed the cause of death, according to the statement.
The press release was issued jointly by Kearns, his Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo and Readington Police Chief Joseph Greco.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to family affected by this tragedy,” Kearns said. “We ask that the public and media please be respectful of the family and their residence during this time of need.
“Families need to be aware of stressful and challenging situations in our world and be aware of the signs of concerning behaviors involved in domestic violence situations,” the press release continues. “Families need to know that help is available to them and their loved ones through assistance offered by mental health professionals, advocacy groups and faith leaders. The advocacy group in Hunterdon County for domestic violence is SAFE in Hunterdon who can be reached 24/7 at 1-888-988-4033 or safeinhunterdon.org.”