The dead body found wrapped in a blue tarp with a cinder block chained to its legs in the waters off Brooklyn's Mill Basin over the weekend has been identified by police as Carmine Carini, a 35-year-old resident of the neighborhood with reported ties to the mob.
His death was ruled a homicide by the city medical examiner's office, who said the cause was blunt force trauma to the head, the Times reports. He was found to have suffered a fractured skull, and was repeatedly stabbed in the arm and leg.
Carini is the son of a well known mobster, also named Carmine, who spent decades in prison for his role in the 1983 murder of a Brooklyn record store owner. The elder Carini's murder charge was vacated in 2007, after two mafia informants testified that his cousins, Vincent and Eddie Carini, were actually responsible for the killing.
Both of those cousins were found dead in Sheepshead Bay in 1987, after botching a hit on William Aronwald, a former prosecutor on the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force.
The younger Carini, meanwhile, is considered a "low-level mob associate" of the Colombo crime family, according to law enforcement officials who spoke with am New York. Prior to his death, Carini was arrested four times, on charges ranging from robbery to possession of large quantities of pain killers. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2003 for robbery and menacing, and twice returned to jail for violating his parole.
It is not known how long Carini has been missing. The investigation into his death is continuing, police said on Tuesday.