Shawn D. Miller, a Citigroup Inc. executive who helped create an international standard for responsible lending, died from what police now suspect was a self-inflicted wound.
Miller, 42, global head of environmental and social risk management for New York-based Citigroup, was found at his home at 120 Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan on Nov. 18 with neck and wrist lacerations, the New York City Police Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The building’s doorman had gone to the apartment to check on Miller after his boyfriend was unable to reach him, police said. While a determination of the cause of death is pending toxicology reports, investigators suspect that Miller, who was found in his bathtub, killed himself, Detective Martin Speechley, a police spokesman, said today in a phone interview.
A weapon was found in the apartment, Speechley said. He said he couldn’t confirm a report in the New York Daily News, citing unidentified people, that a knife was found under Miller’s body after it was moved.
Miller may have committed suicide after a bout of alcohol and drug use with a stranger he met through the classified- advertising website Backpage.com, the Daily News reported, citing the people. Police found evidence of the use of alcohol and drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, the newspaper said.
A man seen on surveillance video arguing with Miller in the building’s elevator left the banker’s apartment late on Nov. 16 or early the next day, and Miller had told the doorman not to let him back in, the Daily News said, citing the unidentified people.
There was no evidence the man returned and there was no sign of a struggle in the apartment, the Daily News said. Miller had also called 911 twice in the last two days complaining about someone outside his building stalking him, the newspaper said.
Miller “was highly regarded at Citi and across the financial services industry as a thought leader and tireless advocate for environmental and sustainable business practices,” the bank wrote in a memo to his co-workers. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”