VENTNOR — An overnight trip to Atlantic City ended in a grim discovery for Richard Rosen, of New York, who found the bodies of his mother and sister dead inside their luxury highrise condo, victims of an apparent homicide.
“I was shocked they were both dead on the floor,” Richard Rosen, 50, of Brooklyn, told The Press of Atlantic City in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Rosen had tried to call his mother, Elaine Rosen, 87, and sister Michelle Gordon, 67, on Sunday at their residence at the Vassar Square Condominiums in Ventnor. There was no answer. After going to the condo and knocking but still getting no answer, he found a security guard to let him in the apartment.
Elaine Rosen and Gordon were the victims of apparent blunt-force trauma, and police are continuing to search for their killer, according to a statement released Monday by Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
No arrests have been made, Tyner said. The Prosecutor’s Office has not offered information on a suspect.
The deaths are believed to “be an isolated incident and there is no apparent danger to the public,” according to the prosecutor’s release.
“It’s very unlikely that anything like this would happen. I don’t understand,” Rosen said.
Rosen described his mother and sister as “simple, quiet people.”
He does not know who could have killed them.
Outside the condominiums Tuesday, Arnold Lautt sat on a bench to get some fresh air. Lautt, 75, has been living at the condominiums for six years. He said most residents have been quiet and have kept to themselves about the homicides.
“It’s probably one of the safest places there is. I feel very comfortable living here. Things happen, what are you going to do? It’s unfortunate but things happen,” Lautt said.
Lance Cohn was walking out of the condos where he stops in for breakfast once a week. He said the homicides wouldn’t stop him from grabbing a meal next week.
“I don’t have a second thought about coming here for breakfast. I come here once or twice a week. It’s the Boardwalk. This is about the best location and the safest location,” said Cohn, 64, of Ventnor. “(But) I am a little bit shocked, I would say. It’s surprising.”
Locksmiths were at the building Monday with police, though it is unclear which units they were changing the locks for.
The Vassar Square Condominiums dub themselves “The Queen of the Ventnor City Boardwalk” and have 212 units.
The doors beyond the main lobby to the elevators and stairs are kept locked, so only people with a key can get into the residence section of the building.
According to public records, Rosen sold unit 802 in the building in 2016 for $100,000.
The joint investigation is continuing between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Ventnor City Police Department.
Autopsies for both women were scheduled for Tuesday.
Staff Writer John DeRosier contributed to this report.