Police identify Stamford man found dead in Pound Ridge
Updated 5:06 pm, Monday, December 4, 2017
STAMFORD — Police have identified the man found dead in the driveway of a Pound Ridge home as Stamford real estate attorney Matthew Klein.
Capt. Richard Conklin said that his family reported Klein, 62, missing at about 7:45 p.m. Friday after they hadn’t seen him for most of the day.
At about the same time the next day, Klein’s body was discovered in the driveway of a mansion in Pound Ridge at 496 Long Ridge Road, about two miles above the New York state line, Conklin said.
Property records indicate that the home is owned by Richard Kassis, a New York City restaurateur who owns the Sutton Place Restaurant and Bar. It is not clear if Kassis was home when the body was found.
Klein was a North Stamford resident who lived on Jonathan Drive. A man at Klein’s home Monday afternoon said the family was declining comment on his uncle’s death.
“It is a shocking situation,” the nephew said.
New York State police, who have taken over the investigation from Pound Ridge authorities, are being tight lipped about what they think happened in the driveway of the home.
But police say that there appears to be no signs of foul play.
Klein was a real estate attorney in Stamford and worked for Benanti & Associates on Bedford Street in Stamford. A call to the law office for comment was not returned.
Stamford attorney Melvin Bloomenthal said that he knew Klein for many years.
“I am beyond shocked,” Bloomenthal said. “I have always known Matthew to be the consummate family man. I know many of his family members and almost every conversation I had with him focused on his family. It is a terrible tragedy and it gives pause to all of us when we realize life it so short.”
Klein was a member of Temple Beth El and for the past year was a member of the temple’s Board of Trustees.
Temple Beth El’s Rabbi Joshua Hammerman said, “Matthew was just tremendous and he was loved by all who knew him and the congregation. He was a wonderful man.”