2002-08-03 / Front Page

Grisly Find On Rockaway Beach

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

A man walking on the beach between Beach 122 and Beach 123 last Saturday night at approximately 9 p.m. made a grisly find that touched off a full-scale search by units of the NYPD aviation and harbor units, as well as by officers from the 100 Precinct.

The find, described by police and onlookers as a size nine women’s sneaker with a sock surrounding a desiccated bone, was sitting on the wet sand nearby the surf.

Helicopters scoured the surf with large searchlights, moving from Beach 129 Street to Beach 116 Street and back again. Two harbor unit launches searched seaward. Police officers with flashlights moved up and down the beach, which was declared off limits to all but the searchers. For a time, a section of the boardwalk was closed as well by the police.

No further remains were found, and officials told The Wave on Tuesday that it was not even certain whether the bone was a human remain.

"The bone has been turned over to our anthropologists to determine if it is human in origin or not," said Ellen Borakove, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner’s Office, who added that the findings of that examination may not be available until sometime next week.

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