Robert Casado, 38, of Montauk has been identified as the man who was found deceased at Kirk Park in Montauk on June 6 at approximately 7:30 AM.
Police have confirmed that the man found on a trail in Montauk’s Kirk Park Thursday morning at about 7:30 AM had died from his injuries.
“We are treating this as a murder investigation,” said Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer of the Suffolk County Police Department homicide squad. Beyrer said the victim suffered severe head trauma.
Police have yet to uncover a murder weapon and have not made any arrests. Beyrer said there was no sign that the murder was gang-related.
The detective spoke to two reporters at the park Thursday afternoon, June 6, at about 2:30, as members of the victim’s family gathered around a parked Honda Pilot just east of Second House. A small group of bystanders looked on.
Several police cars lined Montauk Highway in front of Second House, and police who had closed off Second House Road in the morning, remained stationed there. Several Suffolk County Police vehicles, including a large command post and a crime laboratory truck were parked on the Second House grounds.
The Suffolk County Homicide Squad, working in conjunction with the East Hampton Town Police Detective Squad, is investigating the murder. Suffolk County police deployed canine units, along with crime scene investigation trucks, as well as many detectives. The investigators sealed off Kirk Park and Second House Road between Montauk Highway and South Elroy Street, as they worked throughout the day and into the evening. Second House Road and Kirk Park were both reopened to the public by Friday morning.
“Right now, we have tentative confirmation,” Beyrer said about the victim. “When we have positive confirmation, we will release his name.”
A Montauk resident who is familiar with the victim’s family said that he had worked for Mickey’s Carting, and walked to work at the Mickey’s truck depot at the end of North Shore Road every morning at the same time. North Shore Road is accessed off of Second House Road where it intersects with Industrial Road. A path in Kirk Park is a commonly used as a shortcut between Montauk Highway and Second House Road.
Beyrer said the victim was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by Montauk ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
“We will have a medical examiner, a pathologist, examine the injuries,” he said. “I can’t specifically say what the mechanism of injury was, but there was head trauma.”
Police believe the victim entered the park at about 7 AM before being attacked. He was discovered about a half-hour later, they said, by two people walking on the trail.
Beyrer asked anyone with information about the case to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS or the East Hampton Town Police at 631-537-7575.