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.
Alita Knott was most recently a sales associate with Coldwell Banker's Chester/Hackettstown office, according to her biography on the company's website.
She was born in the Philippines, and worked in Mindoro as a teacher,
according to the biography. She moved to Bahrain and worked as the
personal assistant of Sheika Mayer Al Khalifa, through which she had the
opportunity to travel extensively, it says.
She met Julian Knott in London, got married and started her own
pre-school nursery business, the biography says. Her Facebook page
identifies that business as the Quayside Tots Playgroup, which on its
website Monday shared news of Alita Knott's death. The program closed
for Monday and Tuesday, and expected to reopen Wednesday.
Alita Knott's biography says her husband's work "took us to the Mid
West, Dublin Ohio, and more recently across to the East Coast, New
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