A massive manhunt for a veteran homicide detective who disappeared on Thursday tragically ended when he was found dead in an apparent suicide at a Brooklyn beach.
The body of Joe Calabrese, 58, was discovered in some bushes in Plumb Beach with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police sources said. The grim discovery came a day after another NYPD officer, Deputy Chief Steven Silks, died by suicide in his car in a Queens parking lot.
Calabrese, a Brooklyn South homicide squad detective, also served as a longtime board member and union trustee for the Detectives Endowment Association.
“I am shocked and shattered beyond belief,” Michael Palladino, president of the DEA, said in a statement. “Joseph Calabrese was a dedicated detective, union official, husband and father. He was the salt of the earth.”
His car was found abandoned at Plumb Beach near the Belt Parkway about 3 a.m. Within a few hours, dozens of officers scoured the Sheepshead Bay area with K-9 dogs, boats and helicopters in the search. As many as 100 police vehicles rushed to the scene, tangling traffic on the parkway.
The search continued into the afternoon until Calabrese’s body was found.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Calabrese was a beloved member of the NYPD.