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3 Family Members Found Dead in NJ Pool Drowned

They had moved into the home just 20 days prior
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2020 7:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three members of a New Jersey family who were found dead in a backyard pool on Monday afternoon drowned, per the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. A neighbor called 911 after hearing screams, and NJ.com reports Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law, Nisha Patel, and her 8-year-old daughter were found in the above-ground pool.

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They all lived in the East Brunswick home, and CNN reports they had moved in just 20 days prior. The Bridgewater Courier News cites real estate records showing the five-bedroom home was purchased in early May. “It’s a nightmare,” Mayor Brad Cohen said. “It’s such an extraordinarily sad thing to happen, especially for a new family that recently moved to East Brunswick." The deaths have been ruled accidental. (Read more drowning stories.)

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