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Grim signs point to foul play for man who vanished from NYC party

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Joseph Comunale went missing after attending a party at the swanky E. 59th St. building, police sources said.

(Susan Watts/New York Daily News)


Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:23 PM

A 26-year-old Connecticut man disappeared after going to a party in a Midtown apartment — and the NYPD thinks he may have been the victim of foul play, police sources said Tuesday.

Emergency Service Unit police dogs found pants they believe belong to missing Joseph Comunale along with bloody sheets inside a garbage bag near the apartment building on E. 59th St. near First Ave. he visited late Saturday, sources said.

Comunale, who is from Stamford, joined two men from New Jersey and three women who were visiting the son of a well-known jeweler who lives in the Grand Sutton tower, sources said.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, hours after the women had left, the host called the front desk to request a luggage cart, police sources said. A short time later, video surveillance captured him wheeling out two pieces of luggage.

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The party host later asked a building employee how long video surveillance is kept before being erased, sources said.

On Monday morning Comunale was reported missing by his father.

Joseph Comunale, 26, was reported missig by his father.

Joseph Comunale, 26, was reported missig by his father.


“He went down to New York with some friends and did not return,” Stamford Police Captain Richard Conklin told the Daily News. “He went missing. He’s not the type of guy to go missing — and there was concern amongst his family.”

Police found the cart, which had blood on it, and the bag, which contained pants believed to have been worn by Comunale, near the posh apartment building.

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Two NYPD Crime Scene Unit vans were parked outside the building Tuesday afternoon as about 20 NYPD investigators swarmed the lobby, along with police dogs.

A source said police were waiting on a warrant to search the apartment.

Comunale’s father, reached at home in Stamford, declined to comment Tuesday.

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