Missing couple Melissa Pereira and Jorge Rodriguez found dead in garage in Wayne

Melissa Pereira and Jorge Rodriguez were last seen on Dec. 27, leaving Pereira's home in Wayne. (1/19/14)

WAYNE - Passaic County prosecutors are now confirming that a couple missing for three weeks has been found dead in a garage in Wayne.

Melissa Pereira and Jorge Rodriguez, both in their mid-20s, were last seen leaving Pereira's home in Wayne on Dec. 27. They had reservations at a resort in Pennsylvania for New Year's Eve, but police say they never made it.

The couple's bodies were found Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in a garage behind the apartment complex where Pereira lived with her mother. They were entered into the National Missing Persons Database two weeks ago, and state police had put out an alert about them just this week.

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Statements from police say there were no reasons to believe the two were victims of a crime. The Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor says they are waiting on autopsies to determine the manner and cause of death.
 

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