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2 women found dead in NJ eatery day after owner’s body discovered

2 women found dead in NJ eatery day after owner's body discovered

Two women were found dead inside a popular New Jersey restaurant — and police are probing whether it is connected to the death of its owner, whose body was found in a car nearby the day before, authorities said Wednesday.

The bodies of Karen Lemaitre, 39, and her sister, Wanita Joffer, 41, were found Tuesday in K&K Jamaican Restaurant in Hillside, NJ, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

The grisly discovery came a day after the co-owner of the eatery, Akanni Martin — who had kids with Lemaitre — was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head inside his car at an Enterprise location the town over, in Union, NJ.

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A weapon was found near his body and no foul play was suspected, the authorities said.

In working to notify Martin’s family about his death, police realized that two people close to him were missing — leading them to his restaurant, where the bodies of the two women were found, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Their deaths were ruled to be homicides by the Union County Medical Examiner’s Office, which conducted autopsies on Wednesday.

An investigation is ongoing.

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