Following an autopsy by the Regional Medical Examiner, multiple upper body injuries caused the death of a 35-year-old Jersey City woman found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on Sunday, April 26, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Regional Medical Examiner has ruled the death of the woman, identified as Garima Kothari, to be homicide.
The Medical Examiner determined that Kothari was approximately five months pregnant at the time of her death.
On Sunday, April 26, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of a possible suicide attempt in the Hudson River near Montgomery Street in Jersey City.
Upon arrival, responding officers found an unresponsive male in the river near Montgomery Street and Exchange Place.
The male, later identified as Man Mohan Mall, 37, of Jersey City was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:55 a.m.
Jersey City Police Officers also responded to his residence on Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City. Officers found an unresponsive female with apparent trauma to her upper body. She was identified as Garima Kothari, 35, who was also a resident at that address.
She was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:15 a.m.
The cause and manner of death for Man Mohan Mall, is pending with the Regional Medical Examiner
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.
While it appears at this time that these deaths are the result of a murder-suicide, the final determination is still pending the complete findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.