Police Investigate Triple Homicide in Tudor City
NEW YORK (AP) _ An uncorked champagne bottle and a silver-plated revolver are among clues police are studying while probing the slayings of a free-lance photographer, a fashion model and another woman in an apartment near the United Nations.
Police initially ruled out robbery as a motive and said they were investigating the crime as a triple homicide. However, a police spokesman said detectives are looking into a report that the slayings may have been over a bag of jewelry.
As the three bodies were removed from the apartment Thursday, police Inspector Allan Hoehl said the possibility of a double murder and suicide also ″is something we’re looking into.″
The bodies, shot numerous times, were discovered at 9:50 a.m. Thursday by the photographer’s friend, who had a key to the studio apartment, after he was unable to reach the photographer by phone for several days.
Police believe the shootings occurred on New Year’s Eve, according to police Sgt. Raymond O’Donnell. He said an uncorked bottle of champagne and three partly filled wine glasses were found on a table. A .32-caliber silver- plated revolver was found near the photographer.
Police refused to identify any of the victims, saying they were waiting for family members to confirm their identities. All three were fully dressed.
The apartment is located at 25 Tudor City Place, between First and Second avenues at East 42nd Street, near the United Nations.