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NYC police find body buried in apartment backyard

NEW YORK -- The body of a 60-year-old man who disappeared last week was found buried in a flowerbed, and police said Wednesday his girlfriend's son was arrested in the man's death.

Authorities dug up the body of Frank Soucie on Tuesday from a shallow patch of dirt after noticing a mound in the flower garden. He had last been seen on April 22, and his girlfriend reported him missing.

Later Tuesday, the girlfriend's son, Derek Tudor, turned himself in to police, weeping, with his father, police said. According to police, Tudor, 27, said he suffocated Soucie more than a week ago and then requested a lawyer. He was arrested on a murder charge, police said. The name of his lawyer wasn't immediately known.

Police searched for Soucie in places he frequented, like his trailer in Romney, W.Va., a bird sanctuary in New York and near the Empire Sun Casino, north of the city, to no avail. Aviation and K-9 units searched the areas.

They returned to the home on Tuesday after a neighbor called detectives and said they saw Tudor putting a suspiciously burned sleeping bag into the trash near Soucie's home in Queens.

Detectives recovered the bag, which smelled of human remains, and searched the apartment, police said. They went onto the roof where they found rubber gloves, ammonia and a large plastic bin covered in blood. They later found the remains.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

 


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