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Lighting designer found dead in Manhattan apartment

A young lighting designer was found dead on the floor of his posh Manhattan apartment, his hands bound, but there appeared to be no sign of a break-in, police said.

Alejandro Bulaevsky, 26, was last seen Sunday. Worried relatives summoned the building superintendent, who entered the apartment Monday evening and discovered the gruesome scene. Bulaevsky was found with his hands bound and wearing a bodysuit made from latex or some type of plastic and an airtight mask, a law enforcement official said. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

There was no visible sign of trauma to the body. Video recovered from the surveillance cameras at the apartment showed Bulaevsky going into his building alone around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Police said it didn't appear anything was stolen and the apartment in Battery Park City was not in disarray. Residents say a doorman usually calls up to apartments when guests arrive.

Bulaevsky's profile on a company Web site said that he was a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design and worked on many restaurants and hotels in the city, including the Aside.

Alex Gordon, who has lived in the building for five years, did not know anything had happened.

"I've never had any reason to feel unsafe," he said. "I guess this was an isolated incident. I guess they're going to have to tighten things up to the extent they can." -AP

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