2016 News Release

October 25, 2016

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New Jersey State Police Investigating Apparent Suicide Jumper Holding Two Children

Wanaque Boro, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide of John Spincken, 37, of Pequannock, N.J., who was holding his 3-year-old and 1-year-old sons when he jumped from the Wanaque Bridge on Interstate 287 yesterday evening. 

On Monday, October 24, at 8:08 p.m., troopers from Totowa Station were notified that a suicidal man may have jumped from the Wanaque Bridge with his two sons after he was involved in a domestic dispute in Pequannock Township. Local police discovered John Spincken’s unoccupied car on southbound Interstate 287 at milepost 56.4 in Wanaque Township. Wanaque Police officers were able to locate Spincken and his two children in a wooded area near the Wanaque River.

John Spincken was pronounced deceased at the scene at 9:00 p.m.  The two children were treated by Wanaque EMS before they were taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson were they are being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives have determined that the father intentionally jumped with his two children. The investigation remains active and ongoing, and there is no additional information available at this time.

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