Prosecutor: Jersey City woman killed in apparent murder-suicide was 5 months pregnant


Following an autopsy by the Regional Medical Examiner, the cause of death of Garima Kothari, 35, of Jersey City, found dead in an apparent murder-suicide on Sunday, has been ruled a homicide and she was about five months pregnant at the time of her death.

Garima Kothari. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The cause and manner of death for the deceased male, Man Mohan Mall, 37, of Jersey City, who was found dead in the Hudson River near Exchange Place, is still pending with the Regional Medical Examiner, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

On Sunday, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of a possible suicide attempt in the Hudson River near Montgomery Street in Jersey City.

Upon arrival, responding officers found an unresponsive male in the river near Montgomery Street and Exchange Place. The man, later identified as Mohan Mall, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:55 a.m.

Jersey City police officers also responded to Mall’s residence on Christopher Columbus Drive. Responding officers found an unresponsive female with apparent trauma to her upper body.

The woman was identified as Kothari, who was also a resident at that address. She was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:15 a.m., authorities said.

The Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

While it appears that these deaths are the result of a murder-suicide, the final determination is still pending the complete findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s official website at:

All information will be kept confidential.

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