UPDATE: A 23-year-old woman found dead in her bed today was strangled, Bergen County Prosecutor’s John L. Molinelli said tonight.
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Authorities have charged the ex-boyfriend of a Walwick woman found strangled in her bed yesterday with her murder.
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The county medical examiner determined that Mary Greff was killed “in the early morning hours of today,” Molinelli said just before 9:30 tonight.
“An autopsy is yet to be performed,” he said, “but the death has been ruled a homicide due to evidence of strangulation/asphyxiation.”
Her parents, Leon and Carol Ann Greff, called authorities around 3 o’clock this afternoon, said the prosecutor, who went to the scene. There were no signs of forced entry, he said.
The Greffs told investigators that they had gone out earlier in the day. After they returned, they said, her father opened the second-floor bedroom door and saw the lifeless body, face-up on the bed, Molinelli said.
In a nearby room was a son she’d given birth to earlier this year, he said. He’d apparently been left alone several hours.
The child was with neighbors tonight until Molinelli’s detectives could finish interviewing the Greffs at his office in Paramus, the prosecutor said.
Mary Greff, whom the couple adopted at birth, had attended college at Lyndon State University in Vermont, where she majored in special education, before returning home and taking a job at a Wayne bar.
She lived for a time with a former boyfriend but he moved out, Molinelli said. It was unclear whether he was the boy’s father.
“It is a very nice street in a very lovely neighborhood,” Molinelli said.
A Waldwick High School graduate, Greff competed in the 2008 Miss New Jersey Teen USA contest.
Her 65-year-old father is a former data processing director for the Passaic City school district who retired in July 2010.
Her mother, Carol Ann Greff, teaches precalculus, introduction to computer science and college algebra at FDU. She has also taught at Ramapo and Indian Hills high schools and was a database administrator, among other positions, with Allied-Signal Aerospace.
The Greffs also have a home in Toms River, records show.
“This matter continues to be under investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Waldwick Police Department,” Molinelli said tonight.
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