The daughter of a couple found dead in their Lake Hopatcong home Sunday said via Instagram she has “inner peace knowing that they are now stress free in a much better place.”
Saturday night, “Heaven gained two very special angels,” Kayleigh Knott wrote Sunday of her parents, Alita Knott, 47, and Julian Knott, 45. The post accompanied a picture of Julian Knott holding his wife on the beach, each smiling broadly in the sun. The same picture appears on Alita Knott’s Facebook page.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s office and Jefferson police said Sunday the pair had been found at their Log Road home early that morning, after police responded to a report of two unconscious adults. There was no evidence of outside intrusion and no threat to the community, officials said.
Jefferson police have referred comment on the ongoing investigation to the Morris County Prosecutor’s office, which as of mid-day Monday had not made any further statement about the deaths.
Neighbors said Knotts only moved into the neighborhood a short time ago.
According to Julian Knott’s LinkedIn profile, he worked for JPMorgan Chase for several years, most recently as the executive director of its Global Network Operations Center in Whippany. Prior to that, he held various IT positions with JPMorgan Chase and other companies.
Staffers at the Whippany office and a spokesperson for JPMorgan Chase’s corporate headquarters declined comment to NJ.com Monday. A spokeswoman for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage told the Star-Ledger Sunday Alita Knott has worked as a sales associate in the Chester/Hackettstown Office for less than a year, and expressed condolences but declined further comment.
Public records show the couple purchased the single-family Lake Hopatcong near the end of a cul-de-sac in April for $600,000. The two-story house sits on the top of a hill. A recent real estate listing described the property as a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house.