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Body of Man Who Vanished After Attending N.Y.C Party Discovered in Shallow Grave: Reports

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The body of a Connecticut man who vanished after attending a party in New York City over the weekend was discovered in a shallow grave in New Jersey on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

The remains of 26-year-old Joey Comunale, of Stamford, Connecticut, were reportedly found in a secluded wooded area behind a florist along a stretch of the Jersey Shore, a source told the New York Daily News. Sources told WPIX that he was found with multiple stab wounds.

The Asbury Park Press also confirms a body was found in the area but reports authorities could not confirm if it was Comunale.

Comunale’s body was discovered after a suspect in his case allegedly told police Comunale’s whereabouts, the Daily News reports, stating that the suspect allegedly drove Comunale’s body to the makeshift grave site in his Mercedes-Benz.

NYPD spokeswoman Arlene Muniz declined to confirm the reports to PEOPLE but said that a suspect was in custody pending charges on an unrelated case. (Comunale’s family could not immediately be reached, but they have previously declined to comment to local media.)

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The Hofstra University graduate was last seen wearing a blue coat and green shirt on surveillance video at 7:30 a.m. entering the Grand Sutton, a luxury apartment building in Manhattan early Sunday morning, Muniz says.

N.Y.C. police investigators allegedly found bloody clothing and sheets and a luggage cart with blood on it at the apartment building, according to NBC News. The bedding and clothing were found outside the building, where Comunale was planning to attend a party, CBS New York reports.

According to CBS, police were also looking into a report of a man seen dragging a suspicious trash bag from a building where Comunale visited.

“Joey is an amazing hockey player and teammate from an incredibly close and loving family,” a friend of Comunale’s told NBC after he disappeared. “We are hopeful that he will be returned home to those that love him the most.”