WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A woman was found dead in Waldwick, N.J. Wednesday, and prosecutors have determined she was strangled.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, Bergen County Medical Examiner’s office staff arrived in quiet Waldwick Wednesday to remove the body of Mary Greff, 23, from the home on Mary Lane. Police said her father, Leon, came home in the afternoon to find her dead in a bedroom.
While an autopsy has not yet been performed, prosecutors have concluded that Greff’s death was a homicide, due to evidence of was strangulation and asphyxiation.
Greff died during the early morning hours Wednesday, prosecutors said.
It was uneasy night Wednesday for neighbors.
“I live here, you know, and we don’t know what happened yet, and it makes you nervous,” said neighbor Ivan Palacios.
“It is a little unnerving,” added neighbor Mike Strobel. “You just lock the doors and wait to hear what happened.”
A series of Facebook photos showed Greff with her 1-year-old son. The baby was left unharmed in a bassinet.
“We just saw her walking the baby the other day,” said neighbor John Komsa. “She was with the carriage, and she was all dressed up and walking the baby carriage.”
Numerous neighbors said they also often saw proud grandparents Leon and Carol Greff walking with the child in a stroller.
They said Mary, who was raised in the neighborhood and went to Waldwick High, recently broke up with the baby’s father and moved back in with her parents over the summer.
Greff’s co-workers at the Tilted Kilt pub and eatery in Wayne, N.J. grew concerned when she did not show up for training.
Back at home, police said there were no apparent signs of forced entry.
Neighbors said officers were asking people in the area if they saw one specific car.
”A policeman came, and he asked us if we’d ever seen a black Volkswagen around here,” Kosma said. “I said, ‘Yeah, we see a black Volkswagen, but there’s a lot of cars we see.’”
The baby’s name is Mark, the same first name as his father. The father’s whereabouts were unknown Wednesday night.
Prosecutors and Waldwick police continued to investigate Greff’s death Wednesday night.
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