The body of Matthew Genovese, a relative of Manzo'd with Children's Vito Scalia, was found in the Hudson River after his family reported him missing on Monday, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante confirmed at a press conference Tuesday, according to NJ.com.
The 24-year-old was last seen by his friends leaving McSwiggan's Pub in Hoboken, New Jersey Saturday night before he said he was going home to his apartment on Garden Street. Instead of traveling west toward his home, Matthew, who was originally from the Bronx and had been living in Hoboken for about a year, headed east toward the river for reasons that are unclear, the police chief said.
Matthew's family reported him missing after he did not show up to his job on Wall Street on Monday. During the search, a police officer found Matthew's wallet with all of his cash, credit cards, and ID inside in the snow near the waterfront around Pier A where he was later found. Matthew was wearing the same clothes he was reported to have last been seen in: a gray Fordham University T-shirt with maroon text, tan khaki pants, and Timberland boots, the police chief said. He would not speculate about why Matthew's body was found in the water, and there is an ongoing investigation with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, NJ.com reports.
Vito's mother-in-law Caroline Manzo took to social media to aid in the search for Matthew on Tuesday. "Any help would be appreciated. This is a relative of my son-in-law @vitoscalia3," she wrote in a post that was retweeted by her daughter and Vito's wife Lauren Manzo Scalia, as well as Andy Cohen.
Caroline later updated her followers on the sad news. "Thank you so much for sharing and prayers. Unfortunately this story didn't end as we had hoped. [Matthew's] body was found earlier today," Caroline wrote. "May God rest his soul and give his family the strength they need to get through this tragedy."