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Banker's Throat Slit: Detectives Swing From Foul Play to Suicide

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 10:55 AM

Detectives now think a Citigroup banker found in the bathtub of his New York City apartment with his throat slit may have committed suicide after meeting a stranger online and going on a booze and drug-fueled binge, according to the city's tabloids.

Police initially suspected foul play after finding Shawn Miller's body in the bathtub of his Greenwich Street apartment in lower Manhattan on Tuesday with his throat cut from ear-to-ear, according to the New York Daily News. Sources told the newspaper that a surveillance camera caught Miller arguing with a male companion in the building's elevator.

Miller was seen getting off the elevator at about 6 p.m. Monday with the mystery man who was not his current boyfriend, the New York Post reported, and the unidentified male was later spotted on camera leaving alone.

One of the tabloids reported that police believe Miller made two calls from his apartment on Monday, complaining that someone was outside stalking him. On Tuesday afternoon, Miller's boyfriend asked the building's doorman to check on his welfare and his body was found shortly after 3 p.m.

Police at first didn't find any weapons in the apartment, but investigators later found a knife underneath Miller's body, leading them to believe he cut his own throat and collapsed into the tub on top of the weapon.

Sources told the tabloids that police believe Miller killed himself after going on a booze and drug bender with a stranger he met through a website. Evidence of alcohol and drug use was found in the apartment, including what appeared to be crystal meth.

The Post said Miller was successful at Citigroup as its managing director of environmental and social risk management. Citigroup promoted Miller, who had worked previously at World Bank, to his current position in 2011.

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Shawn Miller," said a statement from Citigroup to its employees. "Shawn joined Citi in 2004 and was highly regarded at Citi and across the financial services industry as a thought leader and tireless advocate for environmental and sustainable business practices. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Shawn's family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

Colleagues told the Wall Street Journal that Miller was candid, fair and a passionate defender of human rights. Some of Miller's coworkers inside the industry said they were "shocked and saddened" by the banker's death.

"He was a really strong defender of the underserved and the underrepresented," Matt Arnold, global head of sustainable finance at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. told the Journal. "He fought really hard to strike the balance between the commercial interests of his firm and the well-being of the people who would be impacted."

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Detectives now think a Citigroup banker found in the bathtub of his New York City apartment with his throat slit may have committed suicide after meeting a stranger online and going on a booze and drug-fueled binge, according to the city's tabloids.
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