2002-07-27 / Front Page

Searching For A Killer…

After 20 Years, Detectives
Still On the Trail
By Howard Schwach

After 20 Years, Detectives
Still On the Trail
By Howard Schwach

The headline in the Saturday, July 31, 1982 edition of The Wave told the story.

"Shocked Crowd Mourns Strangled Patricia Shea."

The story began, "Shocked friends, acquaintances and neighbors of Patricia Shea, whose decomposing, strangled body was found Monday night, July 26 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, filled St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach, Friday morning, July 30, to join in celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial."

How Shea, in her early 40’s and a receptionist for a local doctor, got from her home at 107-10 Shore Front Parkway to a Brooklyn park remains a mystery today, 20 years later.

According to reports at the time, Shea was last seen on Sunday, about 11 p.m. She told friends that she was going to assist a bed-ridden resident at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway, the building next door to the one in which she lived.

She was not seen again until a bicyclist in Prospect Park came upon her body Monday morning. She had been unceremoniously dumped in the bushes, her hands and feet bound with nylon rope.

Detectives at the time speculated that she had been killed elsewhere, perhaps even in Rockaway, and deposited in the park.

The Wave closed it story by saying, "Detectives at press time said that they had no leads."

Twenty years later, the leads are even scarcer. Detectives of Brooklyn South Homicide, however, continue to work the case.

Anybody with information on the case should contact Detective James McCafferty at 946-3300.

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