Update: This is a developing story that we are updating as we learn more information.

The body of a man who went missing after attending a concert at the Brooklyn Mirage was retrieved from Newtown Creek this afternoon. The body was discovered about half a mile from the venue.

John Castic, a 27-year-old Goldman Sachs analyst, disappeared after leaving the Brooklyn Mirage around 3 a.m. on July 29.

Earlier, the same outlet reported that a body had been found lying facedown in Newtown Creek, which has now been identified as Castic. “The body had no obvious signs of trauma, apart from drowning,” the outlet reported.

The Brooklyn Mirage is part of the larger venue Avant Gardener. Castic is the second person to go missing this summer after spending time at the Brooklyn Mirage. In June, the NYPD found the body of 27-year-old Karl Clemente in Newtown Creek, after he was allegedly turned away from the venue for drinking alcohol. The NYPD has said that they do not suspect foul play and that an investigation is ongoing.


Gothamist recently reported on Avant Gardener’s struggle with maintaining a liquor license, which they ultimately kept with the help of allies from the Mayor’s office. The Gothamist story also noted Avant Gardener’s history as a hotbed of drug activity. At least three patrons died from accidental drug overdoses after spending time at the venue, and over 1,000 patrons have been treated for drug and alcohol-related intoxication from 2018 through 2022.

If you have any information, call the 5th Precinct at 212-334-0711.

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  1. How is this not foul play? Even if these victims overdosed on drugs, why do they both mysteriously end up floating in Newtown Creek?

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