Authorities have identified the man who was found dead in Little Neck Bay recently as a former federal prosecutor who had been reported missing from New York City.
Nassau County police said Richard Appleby, 66, of Manhattan, was found in floating in the rear dock area behind a Saddle Rock home on the afternoon of Friday, May 25.
Appleby was a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1974 to 1982 and had been chief of the narcotics section when he left, a spokesman for the federal prosecutors said.
He oversaw cases that included breaking up an international cocaine ring and a woman caught smuggling 37 lbs. of heroin into the country in the early ’80s, according to reports at the time.
Appleby was reportedly last seen at the luxury assisted living facility where he lived. An NYPD spokesman said he was on medication for Parkinson’s disease.
It was not immediately clear if police suspect foul play.