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Body found at Queens hostel believed to be missing Cipriani chef: sources


QUEENS — A body found at a Queens hostel is believed to be the missing chef of a Manhattan restaurant, sources said.

A man was found in the first floor room of the Kamway Lodge in Jackson Heights Wednesday night, police said. Officers arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, cops said.

The body, which was found wrapped in a blanket in one of the rooms, is believed to be Andrea Zamperoni, a chef at Grand Central Terminal’s Cipriani Dolci, sources tell PIX11’s Nicole Johnson.

Zamperoni was last seen at his apartment in Elmhurst, Monday afternoon, police said.

When the 33-year-old chef didn’t show up at work for his Monday shift, concerned colleagues thought it was strange and alerted authorities.

According to co-workers, the Italian immigrant has not missed a day of work without prior warning in the decade he’s worked for the company.

The Medical Examiner will determine Zamperoni’s cause  of death.

“We will keep Andrea’s family in our thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy during this difficult time,” Cipriani said in a statement. “Andrea was a responsible, good-hearted, kind and very hard-working individual who will be deeply missed by all of us. We trust the NYPD is exerting all efforts to investigate and bring clarity to this tragic situation.”

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