2000-04-22 / Front Page

‘Most Horrific’ Homicide

Body, Head Burned Badly

By Joan Ward George

Tuesday’s discovery of a human head and a separate headless body in the area of Beach 38 Street in Far Rockaway has yielded what Sgt. Beth Coleman, head of the 101 Precinct Detective Squad, has termed "the most horrific" homicide that she could describe.

At approximately 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, an anonymous tip was called into the 101 Precinct relative to the discovery of human head at Beach 38 Street and Jamaica Bay. Police responding to the scene did indeed find a human head at the scene in a plastic bag, along with a rock, that was possibly placed there to weigh the bag down in the bay waters.

Within an hour of the investigation, detectives from the 101 Precinct discovered a headless body in an abandoned garage on Beach 37 Street. The body was badly burned, according to police, and as The Wave went to press Thursday, they could only confirm that the body was that of a male. The age, race, height and weight were not even guessed at by police. Although authorities said that the body looked to have been naked, the extreme head that burned the body may well have melted the clothes.

According to Sgt. Coleman, the head that was found early on the shoreline was also badly burned and did not appear to have been in the water very long. "I can’t give you an exact time, but not long at all (in the water)". Sgt. Coleman also said that she believes that the head and the body to be that of the same person.

The head and the torso have been transported to the NYPD medical examiner’s office.

"This area is a shortcut for the people who live in the Beach 40’s," said Coleman, hoping that someone saw something suspicious that they could report to police to further the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Jenkins at the 101 Precinct detective squad at 868-3429.

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