Update (2/23): Saugerties police have released further details, revealing that two people were arrested for manslaughter, and said “additional arrest (sic) are pending”.
The arrests have been revealed to be connected to a homicide investigation into the death of David “Mickey” Myer. Police said on Sat. Oct. 29, 2022, “Saugerties Police responded to a 911 call reporting an unconscious unresponsive person lying on the side of the raodway, south of the Citgo Mart on S/R 32 in Centerville, Town of Saugerties.” After emergency medical responders arrived, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
In conjunction with other regional law enforcement agencies, the Saugerties police investigation led to a warrant, which led to the arrest of 38-year-old Joseph E Karolys of 1446 Route 212 in Saugerties. He is charged with manslaughter in the 1st degree, assault in the 1st degree, tampering with physical evidence and attempted bribing of a witness.
Also arrested was a 17-year-old unnamed male, who was also charged with manslaughter in the 1st degree, assault in the 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence.
Karolys was arraigned in Ulster County Court and sent to Ulster County Jail without bail. The 17-year-old was also arraigned and sent to a youth detention facility on $250,000 cash boil / $1,000,000 bond.
Police noted the investigation is continuing and that the public could expect more arrests in this case.
Update (2/22): According to Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra, manslaughter suspect Jospeh Karolys was taken into custody shortly after police issued the public bulletin reported on below. Sinagra had no further details to share at the time HV1 spoke with him. We will follow up with more information as it becomes available.
On the evening of Tue. Feb. 21, Saugerties police posted a bulletin asking for the public’s help in locating local resident Joseph E Karolys in connection with a charge of manslaughter.
According to police, Karolys was last seen in the Town of Rosendale operating a red 1973 Autocar Dump Truck with NY registration 16178NC. Police described him as a white male, 5’11” tall, weighing 180 lbs.
A Facebook page which appears to have been created by Karolys listed him as a “land development contractor offering excavating/grading, trucking, logging and land clearing”. Karolys posted to Facebook on a daily basis in early 2022, then stopped abruptly after April 7, 2022, with only a single public post on May 15, 2022 since then.
If you spot Karolys or his vehicle, Saugerties police cautioned “do not attempt to detain or apprehend” him, but notify the authorities immediately at 845-246-9800.
Manslaughter in the first degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison in New York.