Police: 2 arrested in death of missing Stamford man
New York City police say they have arrested two men in connection with the death of a missing Stamford man whose body was believed to have been found in a shallow grave in New Jersey.
Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City, and James Rackover, 25, of New York City were arrested on charges including murder, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
Officials say 26-year-old Joseph Comunale was last seen entering the Grand Sutton on East 59th Street Sunday morning in Manhattan. They say Comunale went to New York the night before with friends for a party but never returned home.
Authorities say they spent several hours investigating a fourth-floor apartment in that East 59th Street building. They say Rackover is a resident of the building and that they recovered several pieces of evidence, including blood, towels and plastic bags tossed down the garbage chute.
Officials say they have not officially identified the body found in New Jersey as Comunale's. They are going through dental records to make the identification.
Police add that Comunale was stabbed 15 times in the chest and that there was an effort to burn his body, as gasoline was found in the grave.
Police will continue to search the building on East 59th Street as well as the grave in New Jersey for more evidence. They have not yet released a motive for the crime.
Meanwhile, Comunale's family members say they are heartbroken and do not understand why anyone would hurt him.
Comunale worked as a sales associate at a cabling company called Tri-Ed in Elmsford, New York.