Authorities investigating 78-year-old woman found dead in her Jersey City apartment

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Authorities are investigating a 78-year-old woman found dead in her Jersey City apartment last night following a call for a welfare check, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

415 Arlington Ave. in Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

A 53-year-old woman who also resides at the unit was detained after barricading herself in the apartment and not allowing Jersey City police access for approximately three hours, Suarez said in a statement.

The circumstances surrounding the death of the 78-year-old woman are still being investigated.

Yesterday, at approximately 8:18 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to 415 Arlington Ave. on a welfare check for one of the fourth floor occupants.

A 53-year-old woman had barricaded herself in the apartment and would not allow officers to access the unit.

At approximately 11:24 p.m., the woman opened the door and allowed the Jersey
City Police Department to gain access to the apartment where they found a lifeless 78-year-old woman.

The victim was pronounced dead at approximately 11:47 p.m. and the cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.