Saturday, October 15, 1977

Body in Gem Death Lost in Puerto Rico

The charred body of a murder victim believed to be that of a missing NYC diamond dealer has disappeared, Puerto Rican officials acknowledged today.

The Commonwealth Justice Department ordered an immediate investigation but police said the body’s disappearance was a result of confusion atteh morgue or undertaker’s and was not a conspiracy to hide or destroy the corpse.

One body was exhumed last night and three others today. But none were the man found shot four times and badly burned last July 29.

Several officials said it was unlikely the body would be found quickly or at all. The confusion caused more distress for the brother. “Would you believe what I am going through?” he said at the cemetery. “I’m disgusted. Don’t they keep records?”

excerpt from Selwyn Raab NYT 10/15/77

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