Suspect wanted in fatal Berlin Twp. stabbing found dead

BERLIN TWP., NJ (WPVI) -- Officials say the suspect wanted for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in Berlin Township, New Jersey has been found dead.

45-year-old Michael Eitel was found dead around 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the garage of a home on the unit block of Holly Drive in West Berlin.

He took his own life.

Michael Anthony Eitel

Authorities say the home belongs to a different ex-girlfriend but she wasn't home at the time.

They believe Eitel snuck in sometime overnight.

Investigators say Eitel was wanted for the murder of 39-year-old Carole Bowne, who would have turned 40 Saturday.

Bowne was found outside her home Wednesday night.

Police were called at 10:17 p.m. to the home on the 100 block of Patton Avenue for a report of an assault.

Officers arrived and found Bowne lying in the driveway outside her home.

Police say she had just left her SUV and was ambushed by Eitel who stabbed her multiple times.

Bowne was transported to Virtua Hospital in Berlin where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Bowne's friends and coworkers at O'Hara's Salon are in mourning.

"There are no words. She was a wonderful girl, very loving," Joyce Kowalski said.

"Great hair dresser, great person, loving, caring, do anything for anybody, I just hope they catch him," Linda O'Hara said.

Bowne's husband died three years ago in a motorcycle crash and his friend - Eitel - stepped in for support.

But Bowne's friends say his protective nature quickly turned abusive and now authorities say deadly.

Police say Bowne had a protection from abuse order when she was killed.

"We had a problem about a month ago. He came and broke her car windows, broke windows in her house, and been stalking her," O'Hara said.

"I was scared for her all this time that she was having this problem and I think she hid a lot," friend Denise Lavallo said.

A source says there is a surveillance system at the home that captured the entire incident.
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