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Two men are found shot dead in suspected drug-related incident in Long Island home


Two men are found shot dead in suspected drug-related incident in Long Island home: One victim had been reported missing by his wife a week ago

  • Two men were found shot dead in a home in Hollywood Avenue in Selden
  • They were identified as Ian Saalfield, 45, of Lake Grove, and Robert Julian, 58
  • Suffolk County detectives went to the home after they were investigating the disappearance of Saalfield, who has was reported missing by his wife on April 26
  •  Police are investigating but believe their deaths may be drug-related   
  •  No arrests have been made and no suspects were immediately identified
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk County Homicide Squad at  631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS

Two men were found shot dead at a home on Long Island on Tuesday under mysterious circumstances and police believe it may be drug-related. 

The two men identified as Ian Saalfield, 45, of Lake Grove, and Robert Julian, 58, were found by police inside the home in Hollywood Avenue, near South Evergreen Drive in Selden, on Tuesday at approximately 10:45pm, police said. 

A physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office pronounced both men dead, police said.

Suffolk County Police said Robert Julian, 58, was the homeowner of the home located on Hollywood Avenue in Selden. Julian, and a man identified as Ian Saalfield, 45 of Lake Grove was found deceased at the Long Island home on Tuesday night at approximately 10:45 pm

A close-up of the Selden home where two men were found shot. Police are still investigating the homicide and are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential

A close-up of the Selden home where two men were found shot. Police are still investigating the homicide and are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential

‘It is not a murder-suicide, police said it is possibly drug related,’ a Suffolk County Police spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Thursday.

According to the authorities, Julian was the owner of the home.   

On April 26,  Saalfield had been reported missing by his wife. As part of a missing person’s investigation, Fourth Squad detectives responded to the home in Hollywood Ave. when they made the discovery.

The relationship between the two men is unknown, but investigators believe they could have been friends. Nothing has been confirmed, the police spokesperson said.

According to court records, Saalfield served time in prison in North Carolina in the 1990s and in New York for criminal sale of a controlled substance, The New York Post reported. 

A neighbor of Julian’s described him as a friendly person, who had been a longtime volunteer at the local pantry, but someone who also had a dark side. 

‘He had a serious drinking and drug problem,’ the neighbor, who asked not to be identified told The Post, in part, ‘He was a crazy dude.’

Ian Saalfield was reported missing by his wife on April 26. Police had been investigating his disappearance when they found the two

Ian Saalfield was reported missing by his wife on April 26. Police had been investigating his disappearance when they found the two 

A man who identified himself as Saalfield’s father, but did not provide his name, told Newsday: ‘He was a wonderful, wonderful, uncle, son, father. He would do anything for anybody. He was kind, generous. He was well liked. He was just a wonderful, wonderful person.’

No arrests have been made and no suspects were immediately identified, the Post reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk County Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.  

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