2009-03-20 / Front Page

Bound Body First Homicide Of '09

By Howard Schwach

The city's Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the bound body of a 20- something male found near the boardwalk at Beach 37 Street last Thursday died as a result of a homicide.

Photo by Howard Schwach Detectives and police officers confer inside the crime scene at Beach 37 Street and the boardwalk on Thursday, March 12 after a bound man was found dead at that location.
"The death of the still-unidentified male was due to ligature strangulation," said Ellen Borakove, a spokesperson for the medical examiner. "Therefore, it has been declared a homicide."

Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon said that the man appeared to have been dumped at the site rather than killed there.

"He doesn't appear to be a local kid," McMahon said of the man, who was strangled with a zip tie. "We don't think that there is a gang tie, which is a hot topic here, and he had white socks on but no shoes. We don't believe that there is any relation to the 101 [Precinct], but we have to prove that."

At this point, officials say, the man's death has been called Rockaway's first homicide for 2009.

In 2008, there were four Rockaway homicides by this time of the year.

Sources report that the police were called to Beach 37 Street and the boardwalk at about 3:11 p.m. on March 12 by a passer-by, for an "unconscious and unresponsive male" at that location.

Upon their arrival, police confirmed

that the man was not breathing. Emergency medical personnel declared him dead at the scene.

Police sources say that the man was bound when police found him.

They further state that they are working to identify the dead man, but have no leads so far.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad are investigating.

Anybody with information, should call the squad at 718-868-3429.

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