MANHATTAN — A 26-year-old Connecticut man has vanished after partying in a swank Upper East Side apartment with friends — and the NYPD suspects he is the victim of foul play after a bloody sheet was found in the garbage nearby, sources said.
Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, came to the city Saturday night and spent the evening with two friends from New Jersey and three young women in a fourth-floor Sutton Place apartment on East 59th Street between First Avenue and the East River, but he never made it home, according to sources.
On Monday, Comunale’s concerned parents notified authorities about their missing son, and detectives using Emergency Service Unit dogs quickly located a garbage bag near the building in which they found a bloody sheet and a pair of pants they believe are Comunale’s.
Sources say Comunale and the other revelers were visiting the son of a well-known jeweler who lives in the apartment building.
Investigators later determined that on Sunday evening, hours after the women left the apartment, someone called the front desk requesting a luggage cart, and building surveillance captured a man wheeling out two large suitcases bags.
Police located the cart, which also had blood on it. Investigators are trying to determine whether the bloody trash bag was inside one of the pieces of luggage.
Investigators had a person of interest at the local precinct that they wanted to question in connection with the case, but he's not cooperating, sources say.
Detectives also were waiting for a warrant to search the apartment where the party was held, and to obtain the building's surveillance videos.