Nockamixon Double Murder Victims Identified

Stephanie Hill, 36, and Frederick Tarantino, 43, were killed in an early morning double homicide in Nockamixon Township, Bucks County.

Police have now identified the vicitims in .

According to a press release from Lt. Vincent K. D'Angelo of the Pennsylvania State Police at Dublin, Stephanie Hill, 36, and Frederick Tarantino, 43, were found at the Schoolhouse Apartments on Easton Road in the Ottsville section of the township early this morning.

Tarantino was found outside the apartment building following a 911 call from the apartment building, according to D'Angelo. Bucks County deputy coroner Richard Kuntz preliminarliy ruled the cause of his death as blunt force trauma.

Hill was found inside the apartment with "life-threatening injuries" and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she later died. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim has ruled her death a homicide and determined a preliminary cause of death as being due to "multiple stab wounds," according to the press release.

According to the release, "troopers located a suspect driving his vehicle on (Route) 412 about a mile north of Palisades Middle School. This suspect was taken into custody without incident and is currently in police custody. There are no additional persons being sought in this investigation."

The release does not name the suspect, but initial reports Friday morning indicated that  The connection between Hill and the victims is unknown at this time.

PhillyBurbs.com is reporting that according to neighbors of the victims Tarantino and Hill were a couple. The neighbors said that together with Hill's daughter--a senior at Palisades High School--they moved into the Schoolhouse Apartments before Christmas, according to the report.

According to D'Angelo, "out of an abundance of caution" state police contacted the Palisades School District this morning and schools were subsequently placed in a brief lockdown while police searched for the suspect.

A statement from Palisades superintendet Bridget O'Connell posted on the district's website says that "after conferring with the State Police, a brief 'least restrictive lockdown' was put in place this morning in all of our schools as a precautionary measure."

"We are deeply saddened by a tragic event that occurred today involving adults in the Palisades community," O'Connell said.

Autopsies for the victims have been scheduled for Saturday.


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