It took investigators six weeks to identify Rubin. "The condition of the body made it very tough on all the forces working on the case," a local Pennsylvania TV station reports, "mainly because all they found were skeletal remains." Local police had released composite drawings of what they believed the victim to look like.
Rubin's cafe, Whisk, has been shuttered since his disappearance, and the landlord has begun proceedings to reclaim the property, the Ditmas Park Blog reports.
Missing posters had been plastered all over Brooklyn, from Bay Ridge to DUMBO, making Rubin a popular figure in the local culture. One commenter at the Ditmas Park Blog sums it up:
I didn't know Josh, but I feels as if I did because I have seen the missing-person flyers all over Park Slope the past few months. I still remember the first time I saw his face on the window of Key Foods on 8th Avenue. He looked like many of my friends, and he had—what looked like—one of those contagious smiles. He looks likes such a decent person who obviously was loved.