2010-11-26 / Front Page

Battered Female Body Found DOA On Beach

By Howard Schwach
Awoman was found dead early Tuesday morning on a Rockaway beach, after she was reportedly battered by a man who led cops to her body, local police sources told The Wave on Tuesday.

David Lynch, who has been charged in the murder of Athea Lewis, is walked out of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway by the arresting officers, Police Officers Pierre-Louis and Blennau, several hours after her body was found on the beach at Beach 32 Street. David Lynch, who has been charged in the murder of Athea Lewis, is walked out of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway by the arresting officers, Police Officers Pierre-Louis and Blennau, several hours after her body was found on the beach at Beach 32 Street. The victim, an adult with no identification on her person, but who was later in the day identified as Athea Lewis, 41, of Rosedale, was found on the sand at Beach 32 Street and the beachfront at about 2:35 a.m.

The official police report says that the woman “was found unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma to the head.”

Sources say that police officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway were taken to Lewis’ body by a man who had been pulled over a few minutes earlier, several blocks north of the beach on Far Rockaway Boulevard, for driving erratically.

“He pretty much led us to the body,” a police source told Daily News reporters Sarah Armaghan and Rocco Parascandola. “He didn’t confess, but he did say there was a body there.”

One local source close to the investigation, however, said that he admitted, “I think I did a bad thing back there,” to the responding police officers.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, the man, identified as David Lynch, 30, of 10-74 Gipson Street, was arrested and charged with Lewis’ murder.

Lewis had head trauma, first believed to be from a stab wound. Police said early in the day that the man knows the woman, and that they believe the attack was related to a relationship problem.

EMS crews responding to the scene declared Lewis dead at the scene.

The city’s Medical Examiner told The Wave on Wednesday morning that Lewis’ death had officially been declared a homicide and that she died from “blunt-force trauma and injuries to her head, nasal fractures, a brain hemorrhage and submersion in water.

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