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Man who allegedly killed wife, abducted boys found dead in NY

Keith Belajonas was reportedly found dead in his Nissan Pathfinder on Staten Island Thursday morning. CBS New York

NEW YORK - A man who allegedly killed a woman believed to be his wife and took two children from a Philadelphia-area home has been found dead in New York City, reports CBS New York.

Keith Belajonas, 32, was discovered in his vehicle on Staten Island Thursday morning, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The Nissan Pathfinder in which Belajonas' body was found had been sought by police.

Authorities said the two children - boys between 4 and 7 years old - Belajonas had been traveling with were previously found safe, the station reports. New York City police Lt. Thomas Antonetti said the boys were left at a CVS on Staten Island around 6 a.m. Thursday. It is unclear if Belajonas was their father.

Antonetti said the children appeared to be unharmed, but were taken to a hospital to be checked as a precaution.

Belajonas was a suspect in a slaying that took place at a residence in Drexel Hill, Pa., earlier in the night. Neighbors said they heard a loud argument and then a gunshot. Officers arrived on the scene to find a woman in her 30s dead of gunshot and possible stabbing injuries.

Chitwood told reporters that one of the children was heard by neighbors asking, "Is Mommy dead?" as the suspect dragged them from the house.

An Amber Alert had been issued for the boys.

  • Crimesider Staff

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