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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Danbury Murder Mystery-update

Murder of Zef Vulevic

• Police gag order by state prosecutor
• No one has been charged with the crime, and law enforcement officials said there were no new developments to report on Wednesday.
• Large number of media inquiries regarding case: "My phone hasn't stopped ringing," said Danbury Police Department spokesman Capt. Arthur Sullo.
• Police in Norwalk, Conn., had an arrest warrant out for Zef Vulevic-misdemeanor charge of failure to appear-Feb 18 court date
• Zef Vulaj had filed for bankruptcy five times (every year for the last four years)
• Most recent Chapter 13 case was closed in January 2004

• Vulevic and family members (ethnic Albanians) were or had been partners in several restaurants, including the following:

• Gusto Ristorante in Danbury (opened April 26, 2003)
• Fortuna Ristorante in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
• Baci Ristorante in Larchmont, NY
• a revolving restaurant, Vuli, atop the Marriott hotel in Stamford, Conn.
• two in midtown, including Fino on East 36th Street (owned with his brother Paul since 1985); and another in the Wall Street area.

• Police are focusing on events surrounding an argument that happened outside Gusto Ristorante at 11:59 p.m. on April 4. Police were called to the upscale Italian restaurant to settle a violent dispute taking place out front between Vulevic's business partner (Marash Gojcaj) and a former employee.

Inquiry in Restaurateur's Slaying Focuses on Argument [NY Times, Apr. 29, 2004]
Police gag put on chef case [News-Times, Apr. 29, 2004]
Slaying victim had run-ins with law [Journal News, Apr. 29, 2004]
Slain chef remembered for heart, skill [Journal News, Apr. 28, 2004]
Dead restaurateur had financial troubles [WTNH.com, Apr. 28, 2004]
BODY FOUND IN WESTCHESTER, Acclaimed chef meets a brutal end [NY Newsday, Apr. 28, 2004]
Investigators and Family Clash as Clues are Sought in Slaying of a Connecticut Chef [NY Times, 28-Apr]

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