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Queens body is Sandy's 44th victim in NYC

A man whose remains were discovered in a Rockaway Beach, Queens, trailer home in April died there months earlier, a victim of superstorm Sandy, officials said Monday.

The city's chief medical examiner's office said the 62-year-old man was the 44th person in New York City whose death is attributed to the October storm that tore through the eastern United States, including New York City and Long Island.

Earlier this year, officials said there were 13 deaths on Long Island attributed to the storm.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city's medical examiner, said the man's remains were discovered April 5 when a friend went to look for him, after not being able to contact him for some time.

The investigation of the skeletonized body, and other evidence, including the storm's high water mark inside the trailer, contributed to the medical examiner's determination about the cause of death, Borakove said.

The trailer was located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, officials said. The man's identity was not released by the medical examiner's office.


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