DNA of slain Hasidic Brooklyn real-estate developer found in van
Menachem Stark was found dead January 3, one day after being kidnapped outside his office.
Traces of DNA of Brooklyn real-estate developer Menachem Stark were found in a van seized by police in the investigation into his kidnapping and murder.
The discovery was reported late Tuesday by Newsday, citing an unnamed law enforcement source familiar with the case.
The 2002 van, with Pennsylvania plates, was confiscated by New York Police two weeks ago. Stark was seen, in a surveillance camera video, being forced into the van after a struggle outside his office.
Police said it appeared that the van was thoroughly cleaned since the abduction. However, Stark’s DNA was found on the interior of the van, according to Newsday.
Stark’s body was found January 3 in a dumpster on Long Island, some 16 miles from his office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Stark had been kidnapped the previous evening outside his office. He reportedly was suffocated before his body was placed in the dumpster outside a Great Neck gas station and burned, according to police.