Chiropractor, lady dies hours aside in murder-suicide

FRANKLIN – A local chiropractor fatally stabbed his wife and then shot himself after driving away from her home, authorities say.

John Kolonich, 46, was found dead around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Gloucester County Prosecutors.

Officials responding to the scene received information that his wife, 42-year-old Melissa Kolonich, was dead in the couple’s home at nearby Florawood Court in Franklinville.

In a Facebook post by Melissa Kolonich on May 12th, birthday wishes were given to John Kolonich, the operator of Enhanced Chiropractic in Franklinville. This coincides with the date of birth given for the husband by the prosecutor.

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“Happy birthday to this amazing guy!” said Melissa Kolonich’s Facebook message, which appeared with a photo of a smiling couple and a girl in front of a Christmas tree.

The post noted that the child and Melissa Kolonich, who worked as a real estate agent, “love and appreciate you every day”.

Real estate records show the Kolonichs bought their 3,800 square foot home in 2012.

John Kolonich, who started his practice in 2004, was also known for his support of veterans and the police force. His Facebook page lists several fundraisers for Franklin officials who take part in the annual Police Unity Tour.

Calls to the chiropractor’s office in Delsea Drive were unanswered on Friday.

An investigation found that John Kolonich fatally stabbed his wife to death in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to a prosecutor’s report.

He was traveling south on Franklinville-Williamstown Road when his vehicle left the street and pulled into the back yard of a Sandra Way house.

“After John Kolonich crashed his vehicle, he committed suicide while he was still in the vehicle with a rifle in his possession,” the report said.

An autopsy found the mode of death for Melissa Kolonich was manslaughter and for her husband suicide, prosecutors added.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to call District Attorney Detective Christopher Popper at 856-3384-5593 or Alex Fragoso of Franklin Police Detective at 856-694-1415.

Information can also be emailed to tips@co.gloucester.nj.us.

Jim Walsh reports on public safety, economic development, and other topics for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times, and the Daily Journal.

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