2008-01-18 / Front Page

Mystery Deepens In Beach 44 Street DOA

By Howard Schwach

Officials remain mum on both identification and a cause of death for the body that was found Monday morning under the subway elevated structure on Beach 44 Street in Arverne.

A detective for the 101 Precinct Squad looks over the covered body of a still-unidentified male Hispanic in his 30's that was found near the stairs to the Beach 44 Street subway station on Monday morning. Photos by Susan Locke. A detective for the 101 Precinct Squad looks over the covered body of a still-unidentified male Hispanic in his 30's that was found near the stairs to the Beach 44 Street subway station on Monday morning. Photos by Susan Locke. Police would only say that the body was that of a "male Hispanic in his 30's."

Police sources say that a subway rider rushing to work at about 8:30 a.m. on January 14 spotted the body on the concrete about 20 feet west of the subway stairway.

When Emergency Medical Service workers got to the scene, they corroborated that there was, in fact, a body at the scene and police units quickly responded and blocked off the Rockaway Freeway at Beach 44 Street.

EMS workers declared the body [DOA] at the scene and detectives determined that the body had "blunt force trauma to the head." A crime scene was set up and a Level I Mobilization was called to search the area for clues.

The Freeway, from Beach 44 to Beach 45 Street, was blocked off by police, who quickly established a crime scene under the Freeway. The Freeway, from Beach 44 to Beach 45 Street, was blocked off by police, who quickly established a crime scene under the Freeway. Sources say that there was no form of identification on the body, but declined to say whether the man was robbed.

One source at the scene speculated that the man may have fallen, or been pushed from the subway platform. The source said that the death could be attributed to a robbery gone wrong.

Ellen Borokove, a spokesperson for the Chief Medical Examiner, told The Wave on Tuesday that an autopsy was being performed and that the results and a determination of a cause of death should be available on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, however, Borokove said that the cause of death is still "pending further study and would not be available for a week to ten days."

That time frame generally means that the body was undergoing a drug screening process, experts say.

Borokove added that she believed that the police had a tentative identification on the man, but both local and citywide police sources declined to provide that identification to The Wave.

The covered body of the man declared dead at the scene at Beach 44 Street. The covered body of the man declared dead at the scene at Beach 44 Street. Police officers search the entrance to the A Train subway station looking for clues. Some sources say that the man may have fallen or been pushed from the platform.  Police officers search the entrance to the A Train subway station looking for clues. Some sources say that the man may have fallen or been pushed from the platform. Detectives from the 101 Precinct discuss the case and await the Medical Examiner. Detectives from the 101 Precinct discuss the case and await the Medical Examiner.

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