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Anthony Trapp was holed up in a New York State motel after abducting his two young daughters before he killed himself. He's believed to have killed his ex-wife in his Old Bridge home.

The Old Bridge man who police say abducted his two daughters after allegedly being involved in the death of their mother has been found dead himself after committing suicide in an upstate New York motel.

The two daughters of Anthony Trapp—20-month-old Sophia and 5-year-old Emma—were found safe and unharmed, New York State Police said. 

Trapp, 39, had run off in his ex-wife's 2010 Nissan Rogue, along with their two young daughters, at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, police said. His ex-wife, Heather Trapp, had come to his Old Bridge home to pick up the children. When she didn't contact her relatives later that evening, they called police who visited Trapp's home and found Heather Trapp's body.

N.J. State Police issued an Amber Alert for the girls at around 1 a.m. on Friday.

Meanwhile, Trapp had driven to Bear Mountain Bridge Motel in Fort Montgomery, N.Y., police said, where he took a room with his daughters. 

Chris Thorpe, senior investigator with the New York State Police, said they received a phone call from the motel manager at about 4:30 a.m. early Friday, notifying them that a man who fit Trapp's description was staying in one of the motel rooms.

Trapp apparently let the two girls go at 7:30 a.m.

"The girls came out of the room on their own," Thorpe said.

Trapp himself did not surrender to police. Thorpe said that police had a response unit at the motel and were trying to establish contact with Trapp to get him to give himself up.

At around 9:15 a.m., Thorpe said, Trapp's body was found in the motel room.

Thorpe did not say if anything precipitated the police entering the motel room, or how they knew that Trapp was dead or incapacitated. Trapp was initially considered to be armed and dangerous, and was believed to have a knife.

The cause of death for Heather Trapp and Anthony Trapp has not been released pending autopsies, Jim O'Neill of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said.

The two young girls are in the custody of child protective services and have been taken to the hospital for examinations.

Ken Kalada December 17, 2011 at 08:46 AM
What a really sad story to read, my heart goes out to the families involved. Reading about the circumstances behind the Amber Alert and the outcome of everything, it really is a miracle that the two children are alive today - things could've ended much worse than they already did.
Maria Vitucci December 17, 2011 at 02:01 PM
My heart and prayers go out to those two little girls.
Francine Serota Newman November 12, 2012 at 07:15 AM
No only sad for her family her children, her mother, her sister.....they helped her all the time tried to keep her safe...the other family did nothing except go to court to go against her, they didnt want to recognize anything was truly wrong, they have mental illness in the family and always domestic violence. they did nothing to help these children or her....they have no clue what this did her children and what that MONSTER did to his children,he torchered them, he torchered her.....i hope they all get torchered and suffer...they all have the blood of her on their hands.....
Sandra miller March 02, 2013 at 12:48 AM
There is another side to this story And a lot of people know it
Francine Serota Newman March 02, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I am Heathers Mother and I fought this battle with her, tried to save her, no on listened....There is only ONE TRUTH AND THAT IS IT. HE WAS A MURDERER BOTTOM LINE, AND WHO YOU ARE IN THE END IS WHO YOU WERE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. ENOUGH SAID....NO ONE HAS ANY RIGHT TO TAKE SOMEONE ELSES LIFE, IT WAS SENSELESS, HE TOOK THE MOTHER OF THE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEM....HE ONLY CARED ABOUT HIIMSELF HE DID NOT CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE, A SELFISH UGLY RELENTLESS MONSTER....IIF YOU HAVE CHILDREN....ONLY HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO FEEL THIS PAIN.

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