Monday, November 10, 2014
"SUSSEX, NJ — Friends of a husband and wife found dead in their home on Thursday morning described the couple as `wonderful people.`
"`It's been a rough week,` said a friend who asked not to be identified. `This is a very quiet upscale neighborhood. It's a tragedy.`
"At 9:55 a.m., police responded to 27 Woodland Hills Drive in response to a welfare check and found Cindy Fortino, 41, and Dean Fortino, 45, dead, according to township police.
"The Sussex County medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that the cause of death for each was a gunshot wound. The manner of death for Cindy Fortino was suicide and the manner of death for Dean Fortino is currently classified as undetermined, pending further investigation, police said.
"`There is no evidence that a third party was involved and no cause for public alarm,` Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said Friday afternoon.
"The precise time of their deaths is unknown, according to Mueller.
"According to Cindy Fortino's Facebook page, the couple married in August 2003 and had two children, a daughter, age 10, and a son, age 7.
"Vernon police were assisted by the New Jersey State Police crime scene unit and the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office."