Brielle drowning followed a backyard barbecue, chief says

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A Brielle police cruiser. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR
BRIELLE — A 22-year-old Asbury Park man, Tyleek H. Jones, has been identified as the guest who drowned in a backyard pool at a Shore Drive home early Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Brielle Police Chief Michael Palmer said Monday that the incident followed a barbecue at the residence and Mr. Jones, “a friend’s boyfriend’s cousin,” had been one of the guests in attendance. Mr. Jones was taken from the pool by first responders shortly after 3 a.m. and pronounced dead at 3:29 a.m. after paramedics administered CPR in an effort to revive him, according to a statement from Charles Webster, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. No injuries or trauma were observed on the victim’s body, Mr. Webster said. However, an autopsy is pending. First responders at the scene included the Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation [MONOC] and the Brielle First Aid Squad. According to Brielle EMS officials, The MONOC ambulance arrived first, and declined assistance from Brielle EMS. The home, at 1107 Shore Drive, is listed as the residence of Tedd Vitale, a member of the Brielle Board of Education and Terre Vitale, a member of Brielle’s Board of Adjustment.

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  • Maribeth Southworth

    Rest in Peace. I am so sorry for this loss.

  • 07762

    How relevant is it that the owner is a member of the Brielle BOE? And for the record, the property record does NOT list Terre on it. Weak, sensationalist and insensitive reporting – as usual.

  • MHS Grad

    The lack of information about this horrible event is bewildering. Not that it’s really anyones right to know but the silence has led to a bunch of speculation and assumptions within the community. Good thing for Tedd he went to MHS and played football or the CS would probably be just making stuff up.