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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 02, 2002
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
SFC Al Della Fave, NJSP Public Information Office
(609) 882-2000 x6514


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Statement Of Superintendent Joseph J. Santiago Regarding Death Of State Trooper John L. Oliva #5760

     West Trenton, N.J. - Joseph J. Santiago, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police today stated, "It is with the feeling of deep regret that we announce the tragic death of Trooper John L. Oliva. We extend our heart felt sympathies and prayers to his family and loved ones, and pledge our continued support to Trooper Oliva's family during this most difficult time."

     Trooper John L. Oliva joined the New Jersey State Police on November 13, 1998 as a member of the 118th Class. He was assigned to Troop "A" and served as a general road duty trooper at Bellmawr, Buena Vista, Woodbine and Tuckerton Stations. Trooper Oliva, who had been out on administrative absence, was scheduled to return to full duty on October 15, 2002.

     Prior to joining the State Police, he served as a police officer in Absecon and Pleasantville, and as a corrections officer at the Atlantic County Jail. Trooper Oliva also served in the United States Marine Corps.

     Trooper Oliva is survived by his father, John L. Oliva Sr, mother Carolyn, and sisters Karen and Michelle. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

     "Investigation into the circumstances surrounding Trooper Oliva's death is being investigated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office with the assistance of the State Police Major Crime Unit and the Absecon Police Department. Any questions regarding the investigation should be addressed to Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz at 609-704-7825.


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