Couple, dog found dead in apparent Christmas Eve murder-suicide in NJ

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A couple and their dog were found dead inside their New Jersey home on Christmas Eve in what authorities are calling a possible double murder-suicide.

Police and prosecutors said 55-year-old Thomas Vuocolo and 47-year-old Cindy Marcinczyk were found dead at about 9 p.m. Sunday in their home in the Cliffwood Beach section of Old Bridge Township.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement that the investigation is still going on but "law enforcement has determined that there is no outstanding threat to the public." Autopsies by the county medical examiner are planned.

A second dog was shot, but still alive when police arrived at the scene. Officers took the dog to an animal shelter where it is recovering.

Prosecutors are asking anyone with information about the murders to contact the Old Bridge Police Department at 732-721-5600.

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