Edgewater murder-suicide couple ran business selling luxury goods to police
Their careers relied on law enforcement professionals, the same group now investigating the gruesome apparent murder suicide involving Michael and Melisa Stasko and their 8-year daughter, Mellie.
The husband-and-wife team from Edgewater ran a company, Audemars M&M, that provided watches to police organizations around the country.
Running their business operation together from their comfortable 17th floor apartment on Tower Drive, the couple customized watches and other products for police organizations for more than 20 years. The company’s website address was: AmericasFinestPolice.com.
The watches, often presented as retirement gifts, mostly sold for between $299-$399. Among the recipients was the NY Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest in the country.
Melisa Stasko’s career was devoted to the luxury product business, according to her LinkedIn Account. Most recently described as self-employed ‘Luxury Goods & Watch Consultant,’ — mostly likely her position in her husband’s firm — the University of Missouri graduate’s previous roles included Vice President of Merchandising for Citizen Watch of America and Vice President for Design and Product Development at the Geneva Watch Company.
The bodies of the Stasko family were discovered in their apartment late Christmas Day after a concerned relative called Edgewater police to report them missing. NorthJersey.com quoted Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli who said Melisa, 49, and her daughter were shot in the back of the head, while Stasko, 53, was discovered with a gunshot wound under the chin, suggesting a suicide. Molinelli did not offer any motive for the crime, but noted that neatly wrapped presents were found beneath the family's Christmas tree.
Kenny Eicher, a vice president at The CSI Group and former business contact of Melisa's, told NJ101.5, that "Melisa was a very smart and good-natured professional. I just read about what happened online and it's very upsetting.”