Saturday, May 31, 2008
By MICHAELANGELO CONTE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER / The Jersey Journal
The head of the Jersey City Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau was found dead Thursday night in a Pennsylvania motel with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
Capt. Edward Shinnick, 51, of Midland Park, was reported missing Wednesday night and the Jersey City Police Department, with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, began looking for him, Police Chief Tom Comey said yesterday.
Comey said an alert was broadcast for Shinnick’s vehicle and yesterday the department got a call from the Hamlin Township Police Department when the car was found in the parking lot of the motel where the captain’s body was discovered.
Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said Shinnick died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police said they do not suspect foul play.
DeFazio said a note was recovered at the scene, as well as two handguns. A motel employee found Shinnick’s body and called local police.