New York police have arrested two men and charged them with killing a 19-year-old woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic in an abandoned fish market, ABC7 reported.
Authorities have identified the woman as Rosalee Sanchez. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Sanchez’s boyfriend and another person found her body early Saturday morning and called 911.
ABC7 said that Austin Boehm, 25, and Christian Mercado, 20, have each been charged with second degree murder.
Few details have been released, but police said Sanchez may have been dead inside the Fulton Fish Market in lower Manhattan for several days.
The boyfriend told police that the woman “had been led” to the building several weeks ago, but investigators have not yet been able to substantiate that claim, as the New York Post reports.
Police were not treating the boyfriend as a suspect.
“Right now, we simply don’t know what happened,” an NYPD spokesperson told the New York Post. “We are waiting for the M.E. [medical examiner] to tell us.”
Authorities have not found any clear indications of trauma on the woman’s body, but an autopsy is scheduled to assess the cause of death.
Neighbors told the New York Post that homeless people have been using the building “for years.” The suspects and the victim are believed to be homeless.
The facility near the South Street Seaport had been home to the Fulton Fish Market for 183 years before moving in 2005 to a new complex in the Bronx.
The market had been linked to at least one Mafia family for decades until authorities stepped in to regulate it in 2001, according to the Daily Mail.
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