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A New Jersey teacher is believed to have committed suicide inside the high school where he worked, authorities said Saturday.
Patrick Moccia, 47, of Doylestown, Penn., was found dead inside Pompton Lakes High School shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. Police said they discovered his body after they were called to the school to check on him, the Pasack Valley Daily Voice reported.
An autopsy will determine the official cause, but Moccia’s death is “believed to be the result of an apparent suicide,” Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Pompton Lakes Police Chief Derek Clark said in a joint announcement.
“This investigation is active and ongoing,” the statement read. “More information will be released when it becomes available.”
“My heart goes out to the family of Patrick Moccia, please keep them in your thougts during this difficult time. This is a sad and tragic loss for our community.” Pompton Lakes Councilwoman Jennifer Polidori posted on Facebook.
Moccia is listed as a technology education teacher on the school’s website.
It’s not clear how long he taught in Pompton Lakes.
On LinkedIn, his profile identified him as a STEM teacher at starting in 2017. He previously worked in Frenchtown, N.J., for the Allentown, Penn., school district. Delaware Valley Regional High School
His Facebook page is filled with photos of him enjoying outdoor sports such as mountain biking and skiing.
On Jan. 18, he looked toward a post-pandemic future on the Doylestown Foodies Facebook page.
“What is your 1st restaurant once you get the vaccine,” he wrote.
He never answered his own question.
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