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New York Post
By Larry Celona and Natasha Velez
July 26, 2014
Lovers found dead in hotel may have had suicide pact: cops | New York Post
While grieving family and friends were mystified by the deaths of Scott Jacobi, 37, and Theresa Mateo, 35, sources said the two exchanged text messages that indicated they were depressed — but investigators don’t know what caused the malaise.
Several bottles of pills were found inside the room at the Hilton Garden Inn, where Jacobi and Mateo checked in on Wednesday evening but never checked out, sources said.
The city Medical Examiner said a cause of death is pending, but the NYPD believes it was an intentional overdose, sources said.The fully clothed bodies were discovered on the bed by a hotel staffer, who checked the room Friday afternoon. There were no signs of violence and no suicide note was found.
Mateo, of The Bronx, was the controller at a Manhattan medical facility called the Rogosin Institute, which researches kidney disease. There was no indication she was despondent, a childhood friend told The Post.
“She was always a happy person, always bubbly, never [did] anything negative come out of her mouth,” Angela Saltarelli said.
Mateo and Jacobi, of Staten Island, had been dating on and off, sources said. Their families declined to comment.
With Erin Calabrese
Combination of alcohol, drugs killed woman in double suicide at Hilton Garden Inn
ByStaten Island Advance
on September 23, 2014
Autopsy results for Theresa Mateo, 34, of the Bronx, revealed she died from “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of ethanol and pentobarbital,” a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s office said.
Pentobarbitals are sedatives used to relieve tension, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.
The Medical Examiner said the cause of death was suicide.
Ms. Mateo and Scott Jacobi, 37, of Dongan Hills, were found unconscious in a hotel room after they failed to check out on time on July 25.
On arrival, cops found Jacobi and Ms. Mateo fully clothed, holding each other in bed, police said.
Emergency medical services personnel responded and pronounced the pair dead, police said. Police said they did not find a suicide note in the room.
Autopsy results are still pending for Jacobi.