Police: NY bridge-jumpers were homicide suspects

SUFFERN, N.Y. — A woman and her boyfriend moved in with her uncle, stole from his bank accounts, and then suffocated him before jumping to their deaths off the George Washington Bridge, police said Wednesday.

Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said investigators are confident they have pieced together the strange story but acknowledged that with all three principals dead, ‘‘We may never be able to answer some of the questions.’’

The killing of William Valenti, 70, of Suffern, was discovered Monday by a nephew, Osborn said. The killers, identified as Nickie Hunt, 40, and Gary Crockett, 41, had tried to delay the discovery of the body by posting a note on the back door that said Valenti had been taken to a hospital, the chief said. But Valenti was in his bedroom, dead from asphyxiation.


Detective Craig Long said Hunt also left a few notes, including one addressed to ‘‘the four most amazing kids this world has ever seen or ever will.’’ He said that note did not mention the killing or admit guilt but apologized in general for the children’s upbringing and Hunt’s estrangement from their father. The children did not live with Hunt.

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‘‘The tenor of the note indicates that she is going down a dark road’’ but does not specifically mention suicide, Long said. Crockett left no note, he said.