Ninive Petrocelli, 39, found dead in waters off Montauk Point

A vessel which was involved in the death

A vessel which was involved in the death of a woman who fell overboard late Saturday night, is tied up at the Coast Guard station in Montauk. (Aug. 11, 2013) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Suffolk police Homicide Squad and East Hampton police are investigating the death of a Manhattan contractor's wife, whose body was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean Sunday after falling off a recreational boat Saturday night.

The body of Ninive Petrocelli, 39, was found by a boater who notified authorities a little after 11:30 a.m., Suffolk police said.

Her husband, John Petrocelli, 54, president and founder of Petrocelli Construction Corp. of Palisades Park, N.J., who was on the boat with her, reported her missing in Block Island Sound about midnight Saturday, some 2 1/2 miles off Montauk Point.


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Her body was found about 3 nautical miles south of Montauk Point -- about 5 nautical miles from where she had been reported missing.

She fell off the stern of the boat, called the In the Clutch, Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Erik Swanson said.

Public records show the boat is a 1999 46 1/2-foot Carver Yachts vessel.

According to public records, the boat is owned by Frank Monte of North Bergen, N.J. Monte is listed on the Petrocelli company website as chief financial officer and general manager of the construction company. A woman who identified herself as a relative of Monte said the boat is a company-owned vessel.

She did not want to comment further on the Petrocellis when reached by phone Sunday night.

The couple lived on Central Park West, according to public records. Ninive Petrocelli was the owner of Cristol Inc., an architectural glass wholesale distribution company, according to her LinkedIn social media website and the company's website. The company has a midtown Manhattan showroom.

Ninive Petrocelli was not using a life jacket, Swanson said.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office will determine the cause of death.

With Nicole Fuller

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