Rochelle Park man and ex-wife found dead in their home, police investigating

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A Rochelle Park man and his ex-wife were found dead on the second floor of their Schlosser Drive home on Saturday morning, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said.

Authorities have not determined the couple's cause of death, agency spokeswoman Liz Rebein said in a statement. But Rebein said Marcos Gagnon, 43, and his ex-wife, Mandy Staples, 35, were already deceased when township police arrived around 11 a.m. following a 911 call about two unconscious people in the house.

At about 5:40 p.m., authorities removed the two bodies from the white, single-family home around which police had swarmed all day.

The prosecutor's office, led by Mark Musella, has released no other information. The Rochelle Park police referred questions to the prosecutor's office.

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Neighbors said Gagnon moved into the house about four years ago with Staples and their two young children, a boy and a girl.

Gagnon was friendly, and always waved and said hello when he saw them outside, neighbors said. They said Staples was more distant — several did not know her name.

Gagnon worked a number of blue-collar jobs and loved his children dearly, one neighbor said.

Police did not say whether the children were at the home when they arrived Saturday or where they are staying now.

John Weeks, who lives two houses down from Gagnon, knew the couple well and said he was shocked at their deaths. He said he'd just seen Staples outside last week, watching her daughter ride her bike.

"Today was a rude awakening," Weeks said.

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