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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or at (973) 837-7733.