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Elizabeth Teacher, Christine Dzienisiewski Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Hazlet

Elizabeth Hazlet

Elizabeth teacher Christine Dzienisiewski is one of the two people found dead at their Hazlet home Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide authorities said.

Christine Dzienisiewski, 37, was killed, while her husband, Richard Dzienisiewski, 37, died from self-inflicted wounds, said the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police responded to the Peter Place home Saturday at approximately 7:53 p.m. where the two bodies were found. 

Officials said Richard appeared to have stabbed himself using a knife. While a medical examiner determined Christine Dzienisiewski was strangled. 

The pair had two young children together, who officials said are now staying with other family members. Richard Dzienisiewski had another child from a previous marriage, authorities added. 

Dzienisiewski was a sixth-grade social studies teacher at the William F. Halloran School No.22. She has taught at School No. 22 for 12 years. 

The investigation is ongoing by both the prosecutor’s office Major Crimes Unit and Hazlet police. 

Autopsies are pending. 

Anyone with information is asked to call prosecutor’s office Detective Brian Weisbrot at (800) 533-7443 or the Hazlet police department at (732) 264-6565

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