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JACKSON TWP DEATH INVESTIGATION

On October 5, 2016 at 7:34 a.m., the Holmdel Police Department received a 911 call reporting a male hanging from a Comcast truck in the parking lot located at 22 South Holmdel Road.

Holmdel Police responded to find a male, later identified as Tyree Johnson, 32, of Jackson Township, hanging from the bucket of the Comcast Truck. Holmdel Police subsequently responded to 2506 Lexington Court in Jackson, which was identified as Johnson’s possible residence, to make the death notification to the decedent’s family.

Prior to their arrival, Holmdel Police notified the Jackson Township Police Department for assistance with the death notification. Once at the residence, the Officers were not able to make contact with anyone. Utilizing a key located among Johnson’s belongings, the Officers entered the residence. Immediately upon entering the home, they discovered a strong odor coming from within the residence. As they searched the interior of the residence, they came upon the body of a female lying on the kitchen floor. Upon closer examination, they found the female, later identified as Christy Keronen, 29, of Lakewood, deceased with apparent head trauma.

The responding officers immediately secured the scene and called for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI and the Ocean County Medical Examiner to respond. The Ocean County Medical Examiner pronounced the decedent at 4:09 p.m. and provided positive identification of the victim.

OCPO Major Crimes Unit Detective and the Jackson Township Police responded to Lakewood to make notification to Ms. Keronen’s family. They spoke to Christy’s brother, advised him of the passing of his sister and learned that he had reported her missing to the Lakewood Police Department earlier in the day. He stated that the last time he had seen her was on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at approximately 9 a.m.

The investigation, which at this point indicates a murder / suicide, continues in order to definitively substantiate that conclusion. There is no reason to believe that this event poses any threat to the community.

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