2017-09-07 / Front Page

FLOATING BODY

Corpse Fished Out Of Local Waters Identified By Police
By D. Rybstein


Photo courtesy of theDepartment of Corrections Photo by Lloyd Mitchell Photo courtesy of theDepartment of Corrections Photo by Lloyd Mitchell Workers putting out trash behind their Avenue U store, and a lone fisherman walking along a marina dock to his boat, were shocked to find the outline of a body - wrapped up in a blue tarp with gray duct tape - floating in about 10 feet of water Saturday morning around 10: 45 a. m.

At a Tuesday press conference, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said investigators identified the body in the tarp as that of Carmine Carini, 35, using his fingerprints. Carini lived in Mill Basin, a short distance from where his body was discovered.

He was last seen on Wednesday, August 30th.

Carini had a rap sheet going back to 2003. He was busted for multiple robberies over the years, includ in g mug gi ngs in Berg en Beach and Sheepshead Bay in which he used a machete to threaten his victims. In 2010, he was arrested and charged with drug possession. His most recent stint in prison ended in October 2015 when he was released.


Photos by Lloyd Mitchell Photos by Lloyd Mitchell According to Boyce, Carini’s dad - also first name Carmine - was involved with organized crime and had done time in prison. The Daily News reported that the victim’s father, a Gambino crime family associate, spent 14 years in prison for a murder committed by his cousins. He was released after his relatives were implicated by informants. A year after his 2007 release, the older Carini squandered his freedom by committing several home invasion robberies.

On Sunday, the Medical Examiner’s office officially ruled Carini’s death a homicide, and the cause of death to be a blunt force trauma to the victim’s head resulting in a fractured skull. Carini’s body also showed evidence of stab wounds to his arms and legs.

The “body bag” holding Carini slowly floated in with the tide at the foot of East 58th Street, in a narrow stretch of water between the marina and the back of a Walgreens store, when it was spotted. The bag was tied by a rope to a blue contractor’s mixing bucket filled with concrete to weigh it down, and there was a metal link chain attached to a concrete block. Apparently, the buoyancy of the body drew it to the water’s surface.

FDNY officers using long poles guided the tarp containing Carini’s body to an empty boat slip where it was hauled out of the water and up onto the dock. After the tarp was cut open, word leaked out to onlookers - by photographers with telephoto lenses - that the head of a white male was exposed.

Shortly after the grisly discovery, a busy and noisy scene ensued when a police helicopter, circling above the water, was joined by a NYPD harbor unit boat and an FDNY marine unit. On land, police cars were met by EMS responders, and finally by a van from the city’s Medical Examiner ’s office, which took Carini’s body away on a stretcher.

Residents from homes across Avenue U told the Canarsie Courier that the area is usually quiet when it comes to crime, despite the large shopping center nearby. “This is something I am not used to,” said a woman who preferred to remain anonymous. Some onlookers Saturday morning said that acquaintances mentioned seeing the blue tarp floating in the water as early as Thursday evening. There is a sidewalk along the waterfront where the public can stroll and look down into the water.

The investigation into Carini’s death is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800- 577- TIPS or for Spanish 1- 888- 57- PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by lo gging onto the Crime Stop pers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637( CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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