Man Missing From NYC Party Found Stabbed to Death Inside Suitcase in Shallow Grave: Report

Joseph Comunale disappeared from a party in Manhattan and police have indicated it's likely his body found on the Jersey Shore.

Two men were arrested in connection to the murder of a Connecticut man whose body was found 60 miles from the New York City party where he vanished without a trace over the weekend, authorities said.

Joseph Comunale, a 26-year-old former college hockey player who teammates described as "mild-mannered," was reported missing after he failed to come home from the party at an apartment on Manhattan's East Side.

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On Tuesday, WCBS reported the NYPD got a 911 call about a man dragging a suspicious trash bag out of the building.

By Wednesday, police were giving every indication that the body of a man found stabbed to death in Oceanport, New Jersey, was that of Comunale. 

"He was a great teammate on the ice and very energetic when he scored. Mild-mannered in the locker room and just a quiet great guy," former Hofstra teammate Spencer Davidson said. "I found out at 11 a.m. and I'm still in disbelief."

The body was reportedly found stuffed inside a suitcase that was buried in a shallow grave behind a florist shop.

James Rackover, 25, and Lawrence Dilione, 28, were arrested and each charged with murder in the second degree, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, police said.

Dilione was also charged with hindering prosecution, cops said. 

Rackover, who lived in the apartment where Comunale had last been seen alive, had been taken into police custody but was initially released when he would not speak with investigators.


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Rackover's jeweler-to-the-stars father, Jeffrey Rackover, owns the apartment his son was living in, according to online records. 

The elder Rackover has been a celebrated luxury jeweler for years, with Oprah Winfrey among his big name clients. He reportedly even helped reality TV showman turned president-elect Donald Trump pick out the wedding ring he gave Melania Trump.

A message left with Jeffrey Rackover Diamonds was not immediately returned Thursday. 

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