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CRASH KILLS CLERGYMAN, 45, SUSPECTED IN TWO SLAYINGS

A New Jersey minister who died Tuesday in a high-speed crash was a suspect in the deaths of a Staten Island couple, according to a published report.

The Rev. James S. Castria, 45, pastor of Faithful Gospel Church in Clifton, N.J., was killed when his car rammed into a bridge abutment on Route 46 in Mountain Lakes, N.J., police said.

The Staten Island Advance, citing unidentified police sources, reported Wednesday that Mr. Castria had admitted to Pennsylvania state police that he had stolen $40,000 from Lowell Engel, 68, and his wife, Susan, 50, whose bludgeoned bodies were found Thursday in Stroudsburg, Pa. They had been killed Jan. 10.

The newspaper said Mr. Castria had an appointment to meet with New York City detectives and Pennsylvania state police at the Swiftwater barracks Tuesday morning, but he never arrived.

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