A former Miss New Jersey Teen USA contestant was found strangled to death in the same room as her baby on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Her boyfriend has been arrested in her murder. Mary Greff, a 23-year-old competitor from 2008, was found dead in her parents’ home in Waldwick, N.J., at 1 p.m., after police say her former boyfriend climbed through a window of her bedroom Tuesday night.
Mark Spatucci, the 22-year-old father of her child, was arrested Thursday on charges of murder, felony murder, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering apprehension.
Police say after Spatucci entered Greff’s second-floor bedroom, the couple began arguing. They don’t believe Greff’s parents, with whom she shares the house, were awake throughout the confrontation, according to the New York Daily News.
It wasn’t until the next day that Greff’s adoptive father, Leon Greff, discovered his daughter lying on her bedroom floor after returning from running errands with his wife, he told police.