Friday, August 5, 2011

PART OF NEIDER'S BODY FOUND, The Sun, Feb. 12, 1912

February 12, 1912, The Sun, "PART OF NEIDER'S BODY FOUND,"

Page 4, Column 4,

Head of Watchman Victim of Equitable Fire Is Still Missing.

Parts of a charred body thought to be the remains of Frank Joseph Neider, attendant in the vaults of the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company, who has been missing ever since fire destroyed the Equitable Building, were found yesterday afternoon by workmen of the Thompson-Starrett Company. About twenty feet inside of the third window from Broadway on the Cedar street side of the building the men came across the heel of a rubber boot in which were parts of bone and flesh. Other discoveries were of bits of bones and a larger piece of charred bone and flesh which looks like part of a man's trunk and thigh. The head was not found. Coroner Winterbottom has ordered the parts collected and taken to the Old Slip police station to be held.

The charred remains were found lying on the floor inside of a cage at the bottom of a flight of stairs leading down into the vaults at the corner of the building on Cedar street and Broadway. Search was at once begun for the head. About ten pieces were found. It was feared that some parts might have been loaded on to wagons and orders were given by telephone to examine all wagons arriving at the dumps. Neider was 45 years old and lived at 717 Melrose avenue, The Bronx, wi th his wife and a daughter. The search was continued last night and it was feared from the charred condition of the debris that nothing more, not even the head, would be found.

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