2004-01-09 / Community

Police Need Help Identifying Homicide Victim Found In Arverne And Suffolk

Head And Body Were Found Many Miles Apart
By Brian Magoolaghan
Police Need Help Identifying Homicide Victim Found In Arverne And Suffolk Head And Body Were Found Many Miles Apart By Brian Magoolaghan

Police need Rockaway residents to help solve what might be one of the most bizarre murder cases of the last few years.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach seek to identify this male homicide victim (composite drawing at right), whose headless torso was found inside a trash bag in Rockaway more than a year ago.

The sketch, published by The Wave in the public’s interest, is an artistic estimate resembling the male black/ Hispanic, between the age of 20 and 40, 5’-10" to 6’-2" tall and between 225 and 270 pounds.

Police, responding to an anonymous tip, found man’s body stuffed inside a trash bag on Beach 63 Street between Larkin Avenue and the boardwalk in December of 2002. The man, whose head and extremities were missing, was wearing blue shorts, according to police.

After the torso was discovered, a spokesperson for the city Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim was male, but told The Wave that a series of tests would be needed to find out more about the victim’s physical attributes, and to make determinations about his death. The torso remained unidentified for months until DNA evidence connected it recently with a head found on eastern Long Island.

The head, which had a gunshot wound, was recovered in Forge River/Moriches in Suffolk County, Long Island in January of 2003. Details about what led police to that discovery were not available at press time.

The 100 Precinct detective squad asks you to call 718-318-4222 with information regarding UF61 #3758, Case #1508.


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