Police are trying to piece together a murderous puzzle, which began when a dog-walking couple found half of a woman’s body washed up on the shoreline of Brooklyn, according to NY Daily News.
Authorities noted that the badly decomposed lower torso, adorned with a sanskrit tattoo, was pulled out of the Red Hook Channel on Tuesday.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) June 27, 2017
NYPD Harbor Units began canvassing the area to look for more body parts, to little success. However, on Saturday, a jogger discovered a dismembered leg all the way up in Manhattan, several miles away, laying near the Hudson River. Though the leg, with toenails painted pink, was not decomposed like the torso, police suspect that the two may belong to the same dead woman.
— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) June 28, 2017
Thanks to the power of social media, and the unique tattoo, a New Jersey woman confirmed that the torso belonged to her missing daughter. The tattoo on her hip was placed there as a tribute to her late aunt, and is translated to Lily or Lilyann, as reported by NY Daily News.
“That young lady is from New Jersey and there’s an active homicide case going right now,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters.
Chief Boyce also reaffirmed that this was a murder investigation, and not an accident, due to how the body was mutilated.
“If you saw where the dismemberment was, that could not possibly be an accident,” he told New York Post.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with pertinent information is encouraged to call 1-800-577-TIPS.
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