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Investigators Baffled By Missing Couple Found Dead In New Jersey Garage

01/21/2014 03:00 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
New Jersey State Police

Authorities investigating the deaths of a New Jersey couple found in the girlfriend's garage have initially ruled out homicide, but are unable to say how they died.

Melissa Pereira, 25, and Jorge Rodriguez, 24, were found inside a car on Sunday morning in the garage of the home Pereira shares with her mother in Wayne. They were last seen on Dec. 27.

Police "did not observe any outward signs" that the couple were homicide victims, an assistant prosecutor in Passaic County told the Star-Ledger.

Authorities are waiting for a post-mortem to reveal the cause and time of their deaths. The couple were inside a white Honda Prelude, the same car they were driving when they were last seen.

Few other details have been revealed. The Cliff View Pilot website said the bodies of Pereira and Rodriguez were frozen. The site also posted unconfirmed reports that Rodriguez's car battery was dead and that the gas tank was empty.

Caldwell College is scheduled to hold a memorial mass for Pereira, a 2011 graduate, on Wednesday morning, according to Patch.

Pereira, a production assistant for Fox News and Rodriguez, a manager at Target, had dated for at least two years, the Star-Ledger said. They were both described as being active members of their churches.

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