Missing NYPD homicide detective found dead

New York authorities’ massive search ended in tragedy Thursday after the body of a missing NYPD detective was reportedly discovered in the waters of a local beach.

Sources told the New York Daily News that dozens of officers with bloodhounds had been combing the Sheepshead Bay area on Thursday in search of Joseph Calabrese, 57, of the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. Calabrese was reportedly last seen between midnight and 2 a.m. at Maimonides Medical Center, where sources said his wife underwent minor surgery and was scheduled to be discharged from early Thursday.

The manhunt reportedly came after another detective found Calabrese’s black Cadillac sedan near the Belt Parkway in Plumb Beach at around 3 a.m.

On Thursday afternoon, sources told the outlet that the detective’s body was recovered from waters near the beach.

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“He didn’t report to work. He had not shown up. Nobody was able to get ahold of him,” a high-ranking police source told the New York Post.

“The dogs were tracking his scent and it ended at the water.”

Calbrese, who joined the NYPD in 1982, reportedly lives in Marine Park, which is close to where his car was reportedly found early Thursday.

Authorities haven’t released a motive in the detective’s unsolved disappearance and reported death.

This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available. 

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[Featured image: Joseph Calabrese/NYCDetectives.org]