BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a man sought in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend killed himself in the garage of a home belonging to another former girlfriend.

Michael Eitel
Michael Eitel (Camden County Prosecutor's Office)

Camden County prosecutors say the body of 45-year-old Michael Eitel, of Berlin, was found around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. They say he hung himself.

Eitel had been charged with murder after 39-year-old Carol Bowne was stabbed multiple times Wednesday night at her Berlin home. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Bowne had a restraining order against Eitel, and friends say she had bolstered the security at her home.

She also had sought a gun license in April. But the permit process — which can take two months or more to complete — was ongoing when the slaying occurred.

Prosecutors said the woman who lived in the home where Eitel's body was found had left the residence as a precaution. Police had searched the home and the garage on Friday and did not find him there, but discovered the body on Saturday after the woman sought another security sweep before she returned home.

Authorities believe that Eitel entered the home during the overnight hours and hung himself in the garage with a rope while kneeling.


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