*UPDATE* 6/6 9:30pm
Officials say the suspect wanted for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in Berlin Township, New Jersey has been found dead, ABC reported.
45-year-old Michael Eitel was found dead around 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the garage of a home on the unit block of Holly Drive in West Berlin.
He took his own life.
Carol Bowne, a 39-year-old hairdresser from Berlin Township, New Jersey, was afraid that her ex-boyfriend might try to hurt her.
Fearing possible domestic violence, she reportedly filed a restraining order against her ex, installed security cameras and tried to get a gun for self-defense.
But New Jersey’s gun law are notoriously strict and the process to obtain a handgun permit takes two months or longer. However, by state law, New Jersey is required to get back to permit petitioners within 30 days, according to National Review.
The process apparently didn’t move any faster even after the woman’s car windows were reportedly shattered right after she filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend.
Bowne was found by law enforcement stabbed to death in her driveway on Wednesday night.
Her ex-boyfriend, identified as Michael Anthony Eitel, 45, has been charged with her murder, but a U.S. Marshals Service task force is still trying to find him to arrest him and is offering $5,000 to anyone who offers tips that lead to his arrest. He is a convicted felon with a lengthly criminal record, including assaulting a former girlfriend in 2006, according to The Courier-Post.
Bowne’s husband died 3 years ago and his friend — Eitel — stepped in for support.
But Bowne’s friends say his protective nature quickly turned abusive.
Some of Bowne’s friends are now saying that the system failed the woman.
Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check confirmed to the Courier-Post that Bowne applied for a handgun license on April 21. She followed up on her application on Monday, he said.
She was murdered on Wednesday.
“She did absolutely everything she was supposed to,” Denise Lovallo, one of Bowne’s work colleagues, said.