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Banker, 42, slashed his own throat in Manhattan bathtub during drug- and booze-filled bender

NY Daily News, November 19, 2014

The death of a Citigroup banker found with his throat slashed in his posh Manhattan pad was being investigated Wednesday as an apparent suicide, sources told the Daily News.

Shawn Miller’s body was found Tuesday afternoon in the bathtub of his Greenwich St. apartment in Lower Manhattan, his throat slashed ear-to-ear.

Cops initially suspected foul play, saying earlier that no weapon was found in the apartment and that Miller, 42, was caught on surveillance video arguing with a male companion in the building’s elevator.

When crime scene investigators moved Miller’s body, they discovered a knife under him, leading them to believe he slashed his own throat and collapsed into the tub on top of the weapon, sources said.

Detectives now suspect Miller killed himself after going on a booze- and drug-fueled bender since at least Monday with a stranger he hooked up with through the classified advertising website Backpage.com, the sources said.

Police found evidence of alcohol and drug use in the apartment, including what appeared to be crystal meth, sources said.

The man who Miller was arguing with in the elevator apparently left the banker’s apartment late Sunday or early Monday, sources. Miller called down to the lobby and asked the doorman not to allow the man back into the building, according to sources.

Detectives found no evidence the man returned to the building and there was no sign of a break-in or struggle in Miller’s apartment, sources said.

Records showed that at least two 911 calls were made from Miller’s apartment since Monday. The caller, believed to be Miller, complained about someone outside his building stalking him, sources said.

The body was found at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday after Miller’s boyfriend called and pleaded with the building’s doorman to check on Miller’s welfare, sources said.

Citigroup confirmed Miller’s death in a statement. Miller was managing director of environmental and social risk management and had worked for the financial services firm since 2004.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Shawn’s family at this time,” the Citigroup statement reads.

Miller’s LinkedIn profile described him as “a thought leader and pioneer in sustainable finance focused on creating change and building sustainable business through collaboration, engagement and partnership with others.”

He was a 1995 graduate the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.