A Glen Cove resident has been charged with second-degree murder after the body of a missing man was recovered in Glen Cove early Thursday, Nassau police said.

Police said the body is Nunzio Izzo of Glen Cove, but emphasized that a positive identification will be made by the family after an autopsy.

Edward Brown, 46, was arrested at his home, 5 Madeline Place, about 2:15 a.m. Thursday after an investigation by homicide detectives, the missing-persons squad and Glen Cove police, according to police.

Izzo, 56, who took medication for epilepsy and a heart condition, had been missing since Dec. 17 and was last seen leaving the home of a friend in a taxi, police had said.

In a Silver Alert issued last month for Izzo, police said the home where Izzo was last seen was on Madeline Place.

Police did not say where the body believed to be Izzo's was found, but said it showed "severe trauma."

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Izzo's brother, Lorenzo, 53, of Glen Cove, Thursday said the family knew only that the body was found and didn't yet have details on the case.

"It's very upsetting," he said, choking up. "We were hoping for the best, but all this time had passed and we were afraid what happened was going to happen."

Nunzio Izzo's brother-in-law, Anthony Bocchino, 56, of Glen Cove, Thursday said: "The big question now is, 'Why? Why was this done?' "

Bocchino and Lorenzo Izzo said they did not know Brown or Nunzio Izzo's relationship to him. Relatives of Izzo were concerned when he went missing because he rarely left the area. He kept to a routine of getting coffee, picking up medicine and visiting friends, his family said.

Brown is to be arraigned Friday in Hempstead.