NEW YORK  — New York City police say two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Connecticut man who'd attended a party at a Manhattan luxury apartment building before his body was found in shallow grave at the Jersey Shore.

Police said Thursday that James Rackover, of Manhattan, and Lawrence Dilione, of Jersey City, face charges including murder and concealment of a corpse.

Authorities on Wednesday found a body in a shallow grave in Oceanport behind the old police station while investigating the disappearance of Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, Connecticut, according to NBC 4 New York.

Joseph Comunale (Joey Comunale via Facebook)
Joseph Comunale (Joey Comunale via Facebook)

NYPD has not confirmed the identity of the body pending positive identification of the body by a New Jersey medical examiner.

Rackover is the son of celebrity jeweler James Rackover, who has worked for Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez, according to the New York Daily News.

Police say the 26-year-old Comunale, a Hofstra University graduate, had gone with friends to a club. He was later seen going to the party with different people. Police say detectives found bloodied clothing and sheets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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