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Couple left notes hinting at cause of double suicide, NYPD says

A Manhattan couple jumped from an office window in a suicide possibly motivated by financial debt.
The building by which the bodies of the couple were located after their leap from the ninth floor. (Photo via Google Maps)
The building by which the bodies of the couple were located after their leap from the ninth floor. (Photo via Google Maps)

A couple leapt nine stories to their deaths Friday morning in a double suicide in Midtown, police reported.

At 5:45 a.m., Patricia Colant, 50, and her husband, Manhattan chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli, 53, jumped from his office in a 14-story building on Madison Avenue and East 33rd Street, the New York Daily News reported. Both victims had written suicide notes which were carried with them in ziplock bags with their IDs.

The motive appears to have been money problems, as one of the letters discussed a “financial spiral,” but also states, “We had a wonderful life.”

While Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the cause of their financial troubles was uncertain, the New York Post reported that Scarpelli and Colant were struggling through immense debt, owing thousands in unpaid taxes. A similar story was also reported by The Washington Post yesterday afternoon.

The couple is survived by their son, 19, and their daughter, 20, and is remembered fondly by businesses on the Murray Hill block, the Daily News said.