NEW JERSEY — A 62-year-old man, his daughter-in-law, and her daughter have been identified as the victims who perished yesterday in East Brunswick Township.
Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel and her 8-year-old daughter, all who reside at the home in East Brunswick, have been identified as the victims.
East Brunswick Police responded to the home located at 43 Clearview Road at approximately 4:18 pm on June 22, 2020. and found the three victims unresponsive in the pool; they were pronounced dead shortly after being found.
#UPDATE: We‘re back in East Brunswick where a 32 yo mother, her 8 yo daughter, and another relative (a 62 yo man), died in the backyard pool Monday afternoon.
— Darlene Melendez (@DarleneMelendez) June 23, 2020
WPVI reported: Neighbors said the family had recently moved into the home and were friendly.
Authorities called an electrical contractor to the home and sources said they believe there may have been an electrical issue in or near the pool that led to the deaths. Police have not confirmed that theory.
“This is a devastating day for our entire community. It is too early to determine exactly what happened,” Police Chief Frank Losacco said in a statement.
The Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the manner of death as accidental and the cause of death to be drowning for all three victims.