Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Lacey Police Chief Michael DiBella today announced that the double homicide at 212 Nautilus Blvd in Lacey Township is the apparent result of a marital dispute.
Prosecutor Coronato stated, “I hesitantly make this announcement in light of the relentless media interest and subsequent coverage in hopes of quickly putting this sad episode to rest. It is my hope to minimize the trauma to these families in any way possible.”
The investigating agencies, after conferring with the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, now identify the victims as and the causes and manners of death as:
- Kimberly Dunphey (Wife/Victim), age 48, Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma injuries, Manner of Death: Homicide.
- Owen Scott (Son/Victim), age 7, Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma injuries, Manner of Death: Homicide. The suspected perpetrator is Gregg Scott, husband of Kimberly Dunphey and father of Owen Scott. His post mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted later today. Those results will be released when available. The investigation to this point indicates that his fatal injuries were self-inflicted.
On behalf of the Lacey Township Police Department’s members, Mayor Peter Curatolo, and the entire governing body; we are asking the public and the media to respect the family’s privacy while they grieve this tragedy.
–Chief Michael C. DiBella