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Men Who Dumped Body In Oceanport Field Now Facing Murder Charges

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The body of Joseph Comunale was found in this field in Oceanport.

OCEANPORT: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has today announced on May 10 that the two men who dumped a body in an Oceanport field are facing murder charges.

James Rackover, 26, of Manhattan and Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City were indicted for the November 2016 murder of 26-year-old Joseph Comunale.

Rackover and Dilione are each charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with murder in the second degree, as well as concealment of a human corpse. The two men along with co-defendant Max Gemma, 29, of Oceanport, have also been charged with hindering prosecution in the first Degree and tampering with physical evidence.

"The brutality of this horrific murder was compounded by the defendants' efforts to dispose of the victim's body in an attempt to evade prosecution," said District Attorney Vance in a release. "We will prosecute this case to the full extent of the law to achieve justice for Joseph and the Comunale family."

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, Comunale was repeatedly stabbed on November 13, 2016, inside of Rackover's East 59th Street apartment, following a party attended by Dilione and Gemma. At approximately 9:45 p.m. that night, Rackover and Dilione drove Mr. Comunale's body, which had been burned, from Rackover's apartment to Oceanport, where they buried it in a shallow ditch. Comunale's body was discovered by the New York Police Department and Oceanport police officers on November 16, 2016.

Assistant District Attorneys Antoinette Carter; Peter Casolaro, Senior Trial Counsel; and Rachel Ehrhardt are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD and the Oceanport Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

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