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.
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.