Skip to main content

UPDATE: Death of Teacher at Pompton Lakes High School Ruled Suicide

Pompton Plains

Passaic County officials announced that on Friday at approximately 9:04 p.m., police officers responded to Pompton Lakes High School to conduct a welfare check regarding a school employee.    

Upon their arrival, the officers searched the building and discovered the body of Patrick Moccia, 47, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.    

police say Mr. Moccia was a teacher at the school, and his death is believed to be the result of an apparent suicide.  

An autopsy will be conducted by the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office at a later date.  

This investigation is active and ongoing.     The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact Sgt. Daniel Cottrell at the Pompton Lakes Police Department at 973-835-0400.    For media inquiries concerning this case, contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jason Statuto of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at or at (973) 837-7733.