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Death of L.I. woman in Chelsea not probed as homicide: cops

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Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:35 PM

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Police investigate the scene where Kiersten Cerveny, 38, was found dead in the vestibule of a Chelsea apartment building Sunday.

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Crime Scene Unit members investigate the area where Kiersten Cerveny, 38, was found dead Sunday morning.

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Detectives carry evidence to the 10th Precinct stationhouse.

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They dragged the doomed blond into the vestibule of a Chelsea apartment building, called 911 after she “turned blue” — and split before the cops arrived.

Now an Emmy-nominated HBO producer is under investigation in connection with the death of Long Island dermatologist Kiersten Cerveny — and police are looking for another man who was partying with them that night, cops sources said Monday.

Marc Johnson, 51, was questioned by detectives about the death of the 38-year-old Manhasset mom but has not been charged with a crime, they said.

Two men were seen carrying Kiersten Cerveny, of Manhasset, to the front door of the W. 16th St. building.Facebook

Two men were seen carrying Kiersten Cerveny, of Manhasset, to the front door of the W. 16th St. building.

Meanwhile, detectives were looking for 60-year-old James (Pepsi) Holder, who lives in the 223 W. 16th St. building where Cerveny was found, according to the sources.

They were also searching Johnson’s apartment in lower Manhattan.

Both men were recorded on surveillance video carrying the unconscious woman into the lobby early Sunday, they said.

Johnson told investigators he got scared when she “turned blue” and called 911 after trying to give her CPR, the sources said. He clammed up and asked for a lawyer after giving that initial statement.

Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner was preparing to do an autopsy on Cerveny to determine what killed her Sunday. She had three children with her husband, fellow dermatologist Andrew Cerveny.

Investigators initially reported finding suspicious marks on Cerveny’s neck, but sources said those appear to be surgery scars.

Residents of the building where Cerveny was found said she was no stranger to that address.

“I’ve seen her coming and going,” said 52-year-old Rahim Wesley, who has lived there for 20 years. “She’s been through here for about the last year. This is terrible. I feel real sad. She seemed nice. She was a very good-looking woman.”

Cerveny’s last night on earth was fueled by a potent mix of cocaine and alcohol, sources said.

Detectives trying to pin down her movements said it began around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when Cerveny met some pals at a downtown hotel — and started drinking and doing coke, they said.

By 2 a.m. Sunday, Cerveny was at a Lower East Side bar where she and her friends continued to party, sources said. It was there that Johnson met up with Cerveny.

Johnson and Cerveny left somewhere between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, and took a cab to Chelsea to see Holder, arriving around 4:25 a.m., sources said.

Four hours later, Holder and Johnson were seen carrying the victim to the front door of the W. 16th St. building, the sources said.

The footage then shows Holder heading west on 16th St. around 8:27 a.m. — about three minutes before Johnson called 911, they said.

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This is the home of Kiersten Cerveny in Manhasset.

Johnson stuck around until EMS arrived, directing them to the lobby where Cerveny was wedged between two sets of doors, sources said. But he was long gone by the time cops got there.

Holder’s 69-year-old roommate, Geraldine Deciccio, told cops that she ran into him in the kitchen at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, sources said.

Deciccio said Holder told her that Johnson’s “girlfriend” had passed out and they were going to take her downstairs and put her in a cab, they said.

Holder has been arrested twice before. He was busted for drug possession back in 1986 and for criminal possession of a weapon in 1993, the sources said.

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