Cowbell And Dead Body With Pants Around Ankles Found at Queens Cemetery. Yeah...
The body of an Astoria man was found with his pants around his ankles at a Queens cemetery yesterday morning, which is bizarre. The fact that a cowbell was found near his partially nude body makes it really bizarre.
The deceased has since been identified as 42-year-old Robert Zaretz. Authorities say there was no sign of foul play, although his nose had been bleeding prior to his death.
Zaretz's body was found about 9 a.m. yesterday near a headstone at the Calvary Cemetery in Woodside by a mourner paying respects to a loved one. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It's unclear whether Zaretz's death is a criminal matter -- the Medical Examiner's Office plans to conduct an autopsy later today to try and determine the cause of death.
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The NYPD opted to not speculate when asked this morning if there were any theories about what a half-naked man was doing in a cemetery with a cowbell nearby -- and neither will we.
The New York Post caught up with some of Zaretz's neighbors. From the Post:
A neighbor said he'd bumped into Zaretz, who was with his wife and a cousin, Friday night as they were headed into the Knights of Columbus hall to celebrate Zaretz's birthday.
"The three of them were going in to have a drink," said the man, who lives on the same floor as Zaretz.
Another neighbor, Claudio Vasilescu, said he heard shouting inside the apartment later that night.
Check back for updates.
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