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NYPD arrests 2 in death of Connecticut man

| Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, 11:30 p.m.

NEW YORK — New York City police say two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Connecticut man who'd attended a party at a Manhattan luxury apartment building.

Police said Thursday that James Rackover of Manhattan, a Florida ex-con who became a surrogate son to celebrity jeweler Jeffrey Rackover, and Lawrence Dilione of Jersey City, N.J., face charges including murder and concealment of a corpse.

Authorities found a body Wednesday in a shallow grave in Monmouth County, N.J., while investigating the disappearance of Joseph Comunale of Stamford, Conn.

The pair stabbed the victim in his chest 15 times, tried to torch his corpse and then drove an hour south to bury the body in a foot-deep grave along the Jersey Shore, authorities said.

Police say the 26-year-old Hofstra University graduate had gone with friends to a club. He was later seen going to the party with different people. Police say detectives found bloodied clothing and sheets.

There was no immediate information on attorneys who could comment for the defendants.

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