2005-10-21 / Front Page

Bones Found On Riis Park Beach

By Brian Magoolaghan


A New Jersey woman and a male companion Tuesday afternoon found what may be human remains along the shoreline in Jacob Riis Park, police said.

The pair was out for a stroll on the sand when they spotted what police said appears to be a human upper arm and forearm. The bones were awash in a cluster of beach debris and were covered in seashells and dead horseshoe crabs on Bay 12, according to a police source.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and collected the find. A spokesperson for that office told The Wave on Thursday that it had not yet been determined if the bones were in fact human remains. It was also unclear how long the bones might have been in the water or on the shore.

This is the second grisly find along Rockaway shores in two weeks. The Wave reported last week that a man’s body was discovered after it washed up along the bayfront in Breezy Point. Police said the body appeared to be a black male, 30-40 years old, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall. No signs of trauma were evident, a source said. The Medical Examiner’s spokesperson said the man had not yet been identified and his cause of death had not been determined.

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