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Authorities Seek Public's Help in Solving 1973 Double Homicide in NJ

Union County

By: Najla Alexander 

Authorities in Union County announced the Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office are asking for public assistance in obtaining information regarding a cold case investigating the deaths of John Sabbatino of New Brunswick and Jeanne Biondo of East Brunswick.AdShortly before 4:00 a.m. on April 19, 1973, Mr. Sabbatino, 27, was found deceased near Otis and Grove Avenues in Edison, officials stated. 

According to officials, Ms. Biondo, 37, was found deceased approximately three hours later in a vehicle parked in the rear of Plainfield Motor Vehicle Inspection Station on South Second Street in Plainfield.

Both Mr. Sabbatino and Ms. Biondo suffered fatal gunshot wounds, officials say, and based on the investigation, the victims were reported to be at several different locations in Middlesex County prior to their deaths.

Mr. Sabbatino was reported to be at the following locations prior to his death:

• Mike Kerwin's Tavern, located at 353 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex

• Carousel Lounge located at South Washington Ave. & Metlars Lane, Piscataway

• Cloud Nine Lounge, located at 275 Rt. 18, East Brunswick

Ms. Biondo was reported to be at the following locations prior to her death:

• Cloud Nine Lounge, located at 275 Rt. 18, East Brunswick

• Midstate Bowling Alley located at Mid State Mall 300 Rt. 18, East Brunswick

• Homestead Motel (the motel located at the same location as the Cloud Nine Lounge) located at 275 Rt. 18, East Brunswick

• Deauville Diner, located at 245 Rt. 18, East Brunswick

Investigators believe there may be individuals who have not previously come forward with information, officials stated.

Officials said they emphasize that any detail, even if it seems insignificant, could be the missing piece that helps bring closure to the families.Ad"John Sabbatino and Jeanne Biondo were tragically taken from their families and loved ones," Plainfield Police Director James Abney stated.

"Someone out there knows what happened that night, and we implore them to come forward with any information they may have, no matter how small it may seem."

Anyone with information should contact Plainfield Police Department Lieutenant William Tyler at (908) 753-3036 or, Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Sergeant Paul Kelley at (732)745-3330, or Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patrick Bradley at (908) 418-2817.