Missing Man ID’d as Van Cortlandt Park Victim; Missing Teen Returned Home Safe

Missing Man ID’d as Van Cortlandt Park Victim; Missing Teen Returned Home Safe
by David Greene

The NYPD has announced that a missing man from Kingsbridge Heights, who disappeared on July 3, was in fact the man pulled from the pond at the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course on Monday, July 10.

In a brief statement, the NYPD reported that the victim was identified as Robert “Rico” Lane, 65, was last seen leaving his Amalgamated Houses apartment on Sedgwick Avenue, on Monday, July 3.

A missing persons flyer announced the disappearance of Robert "Rico" Lane, who disappeared on July 3 and found found dead on July 10.--Photo by David Greene

A missing persons flyer announced the disappearance of Robert “Rico” Lane, who disappeared on July 3 and found found dead on July 10.–Photo by David Greene

The statement reported, “Robert Lane was recovered from the pond. On background, it is believed to be suicide.” An earlier statement stated he was removed fully clothed, from the pond located at the 15th hole on the course.

Off the record, one police source noted that the cause of death will likely be “suicide by drowning,” but the Office of the City’s Medical Examiner with have to determine the exact cause.

Flyers with Lane’s picture offering a $2,000 reward had been circulated around the Kingsbridge Heights and Bedford Park neighborhoods. The flyer stated that Lane suffered from depression and had left the home without his wallet or cellphone.

One source at the Amalgamated Houses reported that Lane leaves behind 3 children and 11 grandchildren, and sadly added that one of Lane’s daughter’s was scheduled to be married this past weekend.

Meanwhile, in a second unrelated missing persons case, the NYPD reports Lisamarie Carasquillo, 13, who disappeared from her Summit Avenue home in the confines of the 44th Precinct, was safely returned to her family on July 14. No additional details were immediately available.

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