2012-04-06 / Top Stories

Jamaica Bay Floater Had Throat And Wrists Slit

By Nicholas Briano


A level one mobilization was called which brought detectives and police personnel from Queens Patrol Borough South to assist with the investigation. A level one mobilization was called which brought detectives and police personnel from Queens Patrol Borough South to assist with the investigation. An unidentified body, with its throat and wrists slit, floated up in Jamaica Bay on Wednesday morning and was discovered shortly after by a man walking along the quiet Far Rockaway block of Battery Road.

The quiet residential block on intersecting Chandler Street was in shock when they saw police, fire, detective and Emergency Services Unit vehicles rolling up their street.

According to the man who found the unidentified body at around 11:10 a.m., he was walking along the edge of the bay on Battery Road near the corner of Chandler Street when he saw the body of a man “no more than 19 or 20 years old” lying at the foot of the bay.

“It looked like he had been in the water a while,” the witness said. “He had his throat and two wrists slit and was covered in grass from the bay.”


The 101 Precinct captain Michael Lipetri arrives on the scene. The 101 Precinct captain Michael Lipetri arrives on the scene. The witness, who wished not to be indentified, said police recovered the man’s wallet on his person and believes he’s from Jamaica, Queens.

One neighbor said he walks his dog there every morning but didn’t notice anything earlier in the morning, indicating that the body may have floated to the shore just prior to the witness’ discovery.

Police called a level one mobilization which brought detectives from Queens Patrol Borough South to comb the area for evidence.

The investigation is ongoing.

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