2012-04-13 / Top Stories

Floater Ruled A Homicide

By Nicholas Briano

Detectives and police personnel set up the crime scene last week. Detectives and police personnel set up the crime scene last week. The still unidentified body that floated up on the shores of Jamaica Bay last week has been declared a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner.

The man was found by a passerby walking near the intersection of Chandler Street and Battery Road at around 11 a.m. on April 4 on the dead end of a quiet residential block in Far Rockaway. According to the medical examiner, he died of “multiple sharp force injuries to the face, torso and neck.”

According to the man who found the unidentified body, the man looked “no more than 19 or 20 years old.” He said the man was covered in grass and appeared to have been in the water for a prolonged period of time indicating that he may not have been murdered in the 101 Precinct, but rather floated this way after being dumped in the bay. Police are still investigating the incident.

This is the second homicide for the 101 Precinct in 2012. The first homicide took place on Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 31 Street on January 23. Police sources at that time said the murder appeared to be a drug-related execution. The victim was found by police with a single gunshot to the back of the head.

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