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Mother believes son was drugged, robbed before being found dead in Upper East Side apartment

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

NEW YORK -- The NYPD is investigating a series of robberies and assaults against men in Hell's Kitchen.

CBS2's Ali Bauman spoke to Linda Clary, who believes her son, 33-year-old John Umberger, was drugged, robbed and left for dead.

"John was an exceptional human being that was just a bright light that, ever since he was a child, was like a sun beam," Clary said.

It's been five months since Clary lost her son.

The D.C. political consultant came to New York on business in May. Days later, police found him dead inside the East 61st Street apartment where he had been staying. His cell phone was gone and his wallet cleared.

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