Police: 100-year-old man killed wife with ax while she slept

Police tape marks off a home where the bodies of an elderly couple were found Monday, April 6, 2015, in Elmwood Park, N.J. Prosecutors say a 100-year-old man apparently killed his wife with an ax as she slept in their home, then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife. But it's still not clear what sparked the murder-suicide late Sunday in Elmwood Park. (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Tony Kurdzuk)

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — The deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their northern New Jersey home have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced Tuesday that autopsies determined 100-year-old Michael Juskin killed his wife, 88-year-old Rosalia, with an ax while she lay in bed Sunday.

Authorities say he then took his own life by cutting his wrists.

A motive for the attack remained under investigation. Family members have said Michael Juskin suffered from dementia.

The Juskins were found dead at their Elmwood Park home Monday morning after a relative called authorities.

Elmwood Park police told The Record that officers had responded on at least three occasions since 2012 to the couple’s Spruce Street home.

The latest call came Jan. 13 when Rosalia Juskin said her husband was confused and locked her in the basement. She told police she was having difficulty caring for him and police contacted the county’s adult protective services. Authorities said they found nothing at the time to suspect Juskin would violently attack his wife.

Before that, police responded in September 2013 when Rosalia Juskin claimed her husband was harassing her and to a March 2012 911 call when they found him unstable and took him to a hospital for evaluation.

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