Stepson in Custody After Man's Body Found in Queens Backyard: Sources | NBC New York

Stepson in Custody After Man's Body Found in Queens Backyard: Sources



    (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

    The stepson of a man who has been missing for a week has turned himself in to police a day after human remains were found buried in the man's backyard, NBC 4 New York has learned.

    The stepson, identified as 27-year-old Derek Tudor, has made statements implicating himself in the killing of 60-year-old Frank Soucie, law enforcement officials said. Officials say Tudor also confessed to his biological father that "I am in trouble, I killed someone."

    The Queens district attorney is awaiting autopsy results before releasing charges.

    Police responded to the Putnam Avenue home in Ridgewood Tuesday when a neighbor reported seeing someone throwing out an unusually large bag in the trash.

    Detectives found a burnt sleeping bag in the garbage, then searched the home and went onto the roof, where they discovered gloves and ammonia.

    Detectives also spotted fresh dirt in the backyard of the building, according to the law enforcement official. They dug up the shallow grave and discovered the remains.

    Soucie was reported missing about a week ago. The retired postal worker has two sons and lived in the Ridgewood home with his common-law wife.

    Tudor faces a murder charge. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

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