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Husband’s parents find Closter couple stabbed dead in murder-suicide

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: In what authorities said was a murder-suicide, a Closter couple with a 15-month-old son were found stabbed to death by the husband’s parents late last night.

UPDATE (Sun., Feb. 8): A Closter man strangled and stabbed his wife once in the chest before stabbing himself in the chest Friday night, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said an autopsy has found.

The parents of Michael Tabacchi, 27, found his body and that of 41-year-old Denise Iran Pars Tabacchi after receiving a text around 11 p.m., Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Denise Pars when she worked at the Westside Village Tavern in Ridgefield Park (2011)

Little August James was found safe.

James and Silvana Tabacchi then went from the couple’s High Street home to that of a next-door neighbor, who Molinelli said called 911.

The neighbor, former Closter Volunteer Ambulance Capt. Lisa Vreeland, rushed over to try and resuscitate the victims, but it was too late. Both were taken to Englewood Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

“There apparently was some type of problem, but we do not know who [was killed] first at this point,” the prosecutor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning. “It’s a shame.

“‘I’m thankful that the young baby is OK.”

Michael, Denise Pars Tabacchi

The Medical Examiner was conducting an autopsy that the prosecutor said would determine the sequence of events.

Meanwhile, 15-month-old “Augie” was with the Tabacchis.

Michael and Denise were married in a civil ceremony at Ridgefield Park Town Hall in May 2013, followed by a church wedding at St. Joseph’s in Demarest last May.

A Bergen Catholic High School hockey player and Demarest native, Michael Tabacchi worked for JP Morgan Chase in Manhattan.

Originally from Hillsdale, Denise Pars Tabacchi was an administrative assistant at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. Before that the William Paterson University graduate worked at the Westside Village Tavern in Ridgefield Park.

Pars also was an actress, appearing in a couple of TV pilots, and worked as an intern with 103.5 WKTU-FM, CNBC, and Howard Stern, who named her one of his Intern Beauty Pageant winners.

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