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Sandy victim found in April

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 12:52 pm, Wed Jul 3, 2013.

A Rockaway man who was found dead in his home in April died as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the city has determined.

Keith Lancaster, 62, was found dead in a trailer on Rockaway Beach Boulevard on April 5. Police found his body partially decomposed and said at that time that he had likely been dead for a while.

The city Medical Examiner said last week that Lancaster drowned during the Oct. 29 storm, but wasn’t reported missing until April. Cops later found his body in his home.

Lancaster is the 44th person to die as a result of Sandy in New York City and the 12th in the borough of Queens.

The other fatalities blamed on the storm in Queens include eight others in the Rockaways who drowned as a result of the storm; Rose Faggiano, 85, of Howard Beach, who drowned in her home; 23-year-old Lauren Abraham, who died after being electrocuted by fallen wires in Richmond Hill; and 30-year-old Tony Laino of Flushing, who was killed when a tree crashed into his house.

Sandy killed more than 100 people in the United States.

— Domenick Rafter

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