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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Joey Caruso
The investigation into the death of a Cape Girardeau man has been turned over to authorities in Alexander County, Ill., a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Joseph Caruso, 24, was reported missing Saturday after he failed to come back from an evening out with friends at a nightclub in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. His body was found Monday in the Mississippi River near the Southeast Missouri Port Authority, Scott County Coroner Scott Amick confirmed Tuesday.

Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said his department is prepared to assist Alexander County if necessary, but it does not have jurisdiction over the case because Caruso's last known whereabouts was in Illinois.

"If we need to help or need to assist, we're here, but ... the primary investigation is in Alexander County," Hickey said.

A man answering the phone at the Alexander County Sheriff's Office said no one was available to comment on the case Tuesday.

Caruso's body showed no signs of trauma, and an autopsy revealed he likely drowned, Amick said.

Toxicology results typically aren't available for several weeks.

Family members have said Caruso went out with friends Friday night at The Pony nightclub in East Cape Girardeau.

Newly engaged and looking forward to the birth of a child, Caruso would have been unlikely to disappear of his own will, his stepmother, Kirsten Caruso, said in an email message sent to news outlets over the weekend.

Some family members have expressed suspicion that someone deliberately harmed Caruso, citing two calls placed from his cellphone after his disappearance.

When Caruso's father called the two numbers, the people answering the phone said they didn't know him, his uncle Roger Money told the Southeast Missourian on Monday.

Hickey confirmed police were looking at cellphone records as part of their investigation Monday, but he declined to comment on their findings or speculate on how Caruso ended up in the river.



Pertinent address:

519 State Highway 146, McClure, IL

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This is very sad. His family, fiance and friends have my sympathy. I truly hope someone can figure out what happened.

-- Posted by DKKCCG on Tue, Jul 16, 2013, at 8:42 PM

Where were his friends??? When someone has had too much to drink, they need friends. They need help. They are unable to properly care for themselves. This death was so avoidable, but now a soon to be mom, a child, and family members will be without their loved one. PLEASE look out for one another, and help where you can so this dosn't happen to someone else.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Tue, Jul 16, 2013, at 9:10 PM

Nowhere in this article does it say he was drunk. Yes he was out with friends at a bar but that doesn't confirm that he was wasted. Common sense suggests he probably was but I am sure his friends feel horrible about this whole situation. I am sure they don't need people telling them what they should of/could have done. There is no way they could have known that this would have happened to him after they left. My deepest condolences go out to his family and unborn child that will never get the joy of truly knowing his father.

-- Posted by ibcricket2013 on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 9:53 AM

Let law enforcement do there job no room for second guessing let the officers do the investigation.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 10:28 AM

As a lifelong resident of East Cape, the Pony is a nuisance and nothing more than a junkie / drunk establishment. Its lowered property values and I have not seen one positive aspect of this establishment.

-- Posted by steak66 on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 12:16 PM

ibcricket2013, you are absolutely right. my apologies. I just to a conclusion given that there was no evidence of foul play or bodily injury. I figured, how else does someone end up in the water? However, my main point was just how unfortunate this death is.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 12:47 PM

Like the tip of a iceberg, the unseen may prove valuable to the cause and effect.

-- Posted by shamrock 7 on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 3:01 PM

Steak66, blaming the Pony for any involvement is uncalled for and could be considered slanderous. The Pony just happened to be the last place he was seen. If you don't care for the Pony, don't go. But to generalize it as a "junkie/drunk establishment" suggests that you are too high up on a pedestal to listen to reason. I am familiar with the Pony, and am not, nor ever have never been a junkie or a drunk. I am also not a stripper. Your ignorant comments only show the world that you like to gossip and point fingers without knowing or caring about the truth. The fact is that it's a sad situation. But the Pony had no involvement is it.

-- Posted by Blue-eyed girl on Wed, Jul 17, 2013, at 3:02 PM

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