2007-11-30 / Front Page

Cops Seek Clues In Transvestite Slay

By Howard Schwach

Police are searching for the killer of "Sugar Bear," a professional drag queen whose torso was found in an Arverne lot in December of 2002, and whose frozen head was found in the ice of a Moriches pond in 2003.

The transvestite's torso was found on Beach 63 Street near the boardwalk on December 17, 2002. Police searched the entire area looking for clues or the remainder of the body, but came up empty. The transvestite's torso was found on Beach 63 Street near the boardwalk on December 17, 2002. Police searched the entire area looking for clues or the remainder of the body, but came up empty. Police say that the killer dumped the head, with a single bullet wound to the head, in the frozen pond, where it was found on January 25, 2003.

Arms and legs belonging to the same victim were later found in a plastic bag miles away in Suffolk County.

DNA tests done in Suffolk linked the body parts to a torso found clad in a skirt, black body suit and tank top in Arverne on December 17, 2002.

At that time, police officers and detectives from the 100 Precinct responded to an anonymous tip that there was a body in a plastic bag on Beach 63 Street near the boardwalk.

In the bag, police said at the time, was a partial human torso without a head or extremities.

In January of 2004, police officials came up with an artist's rendition of the dead man. In January of 2004, police officials came up with an artist's rendition of the dead man. A spokesperson for the Medical Examiner said at the time that it was a male torso, but further tests would be neces- sary to ascertain his age and other pertinent information.

It took Suffolk County police officials more than a year-and-a-half to identify the victim as Andre Jamal Isaac, 25, of East New York.

Detectives showed the photo to transvestites in Manhattan. In May of 2004, one drag queen identified him as "Sugar Bear." Another of the transvestites knew of Isaac's real name, and his mother was tracked down on Long Island.

Suffolk police officials say that one of her son's friends had seen him leaving with a "secret friend" just before Thanksgiving of 2002, and he was never heard from again.

"He was a talented female impersonator and dancer who would enter contests all over the east coast," his mother said. "He was a big bear. No matter what his lifestyle, he was still a human being."

Andre Jamal Isaac, who met a grisly end in 2002. Andre Jamal Isaac, who met a grisly end in 2002. Suffolk County police are asking local residents for their assistance in finding the killer or killers.

Anybody with information about the murder should call Suffolk County Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

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