Prosecutor: Man Found Killed Inside His Roxbury Diner
Victim's wife discovered body Saturday evening inside Route 46 eatery.
The death of a Roxbury diner owner whose body was found inside his Route 46 establishment Saturday evening is being treated as a homicide, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said Sunday.
Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine, 71, was found dead inside the Kenvil Diner Saturday night at about 6:30 p.m. His wife discovered the body after she became concerned when her husband hadn't yet returned home from work. Ezzeddine usually closed the diner on Saturdays at 2 p.m., Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said at a news conference Sunday afternoon in Roxbury.
“When [Ezzeddine] did not return home at a time that she felt was appropriate, she went to the diner and found her husband in a lifeless condition,” Bianchi said.
The Roxbury Police Department, along with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Sherriff’s Office/Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident.
Authorities believe the murder occurred sometime Saturday between 2 and 6 p.m. Authorities declined to comment on how Ezzeddine was killed and did not release any further details of the incident.
“We’re not releasing the manner and cause of death at this point in time, so as not to taint the investigation,” Bianchi said. “But suffice it to say that there was significant injury to the victim as a result.”
Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, the Roxbury Township Police Department at 973-448-2100 or the Morris County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program at 973-267-2255.