A man’s decapitated, dismembered body was found in an apartment in a luxury condominium building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Tuesday afternoon, according to three law enforcement officials who were briefed on the matter.
The investigation was in its early stages on Tuesday evening. Detectives had found an electric saw near the man’s torso, and his head and all but one of his limbs were missing, two of the officials said.
There were several plastic bags with unknown contents nearby, and it appeared that some effort had been made to clean up the evidence of what had happened, one of the officials said.
It was not immediately clear whether the dead man was the condo’s owner, but investigators were operating on the theory that he was, the law enforcement officials said. A sister of the condo owner made the gruesome discovery at around 3:30 p.m. when she went to check on him after not hearing from him for a day, the officials said.