Forgotten Reports about Long Island Human Remains Found

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While digging up old newspaper articles pertaining to the Manorville Butcher I started to discover that there were many other human remains discovered on Long Island. The stories about these findings seem to have been forgotten over the years. Thought I'd start this thread to bring them back into the spotlight.
 

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Another HEADLESS body. This one found in 1987...

SOURCE: Students Find Parts Of Skeleton in Woods: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
By Shirley E. Perlman. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 24 Mar 1987: 18.

A group of Bellport junior high students yesterday alerted school officials to the skeletal remains of a headless body they found while riding their bikes Sunday in a wooded area in East Patchogue.

Police estimated that the bones had been in the woods, east of Sipps Avenue and north of Sunrise Highway, for at least several months. Efforts to determine the age and sex of the person are underway at the Suffolk County medical examiner's office.

Det. Sgt. William Pepper said police found "only portions" of a body, including a thigh bone, pelvic area, rib cage, arm and hand. Pepper said the bones might be those of a female because of a black, lacy remnant of clothing found on the arm bone. He said police were searching the area for the head and other parts of the body.
 

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SOURCE: Buried Bones Found: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Tayler, Letta. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 04 June 1989: 20.

New York Telephone workers in Smithtown came upon an unexpected discovery Friday while digging to install a new telephone pole. Five feet underground they found skeletal remains that police said appeared to be human.

Workers uncovered the remains as they dug a ditch on Plymouth Boulevard to install the pole. They alerted Suffolk County police, brought a medical examiner to the site and removed the bones.

The remains were being studied late Friday at the county medical examiner's office, but they appeared to be human remains that had been buried for "quite some time," police said. They did not elaborate...
 

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SOURCE: Skeleton Discovered: [SUFFOLK Edition]
Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 05 Mar 1990: 22.

Two teenagers discovered the skeletal remains of a human body Saturday afternoon while they were walking through a wooded area east of Kramer Drive in Lindenhurst, according to Suffolk County police.

Police said they don't know who the person might have been or how he or she might have died. They said that the remains appeared to have been at the site for a long time, "possibly several years."...
 

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SOURCE: Skeletal Remains Of a Man Are Found: [HOME Edition]
Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 05 Mar 1991: 26.

The skeletal remains of an adult male were found yesterday in a bag in a wooded area off the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead, and Nassau police said they are treating the finding as a "suspicious death."

The bag, which police declined to describe, was found shortly after 2 p.m. by a passerby walking in the woods off the parkway near Milburn Avenue.

"Apparently, it's been there for an extended period of time. We're dealing with skeletal remains," said Det. Lt. John Nolan of the Homicide Squad. "It appears to be an adult male. That's all we know right now."

Police are waiting for a medical examiner's report before they will be able to determine the man's age and even his race. However, they said he was wearing blue jeans, a gray polo shirt, a tan waist-length jacket, a grayish-blue ski cap, and he had two gold removable caps on his teeth.

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SOURCE: Skeleton a Mystery: [NASSAU Edition]
Forrest, Susan. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 06 Mar 1991: 28.

The skeleton found in a bag in a wooded area off the Southern State Parkway on Monday is believed to be that of a thin man of either Caribbean or South American origin who was shot once in the forehead at least a year ago, Nassau County police said yesterday.

But the man's identity is still a mystery.

"Before we can conduct a homicide investigation, we need to make an identification," said Det. Sgt. Daniel Severin of the Homicide Squad, who released further identification markings of the man yesterday. "The approximate age is still unknown but the body has been there for at least a year."...
 

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SOURCE: Skeletal Remains Found: [HOME Edition]
Demoretcky, Tom. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 01 May 1998: A38.

Parts of a human skeleton were found partially buried in a wooded area of Dix Hills yesterday afternoon, and police have termed the find "suspicious."

"It's deemed suspicious because of the circumstances of being buried off the roadway," Det. Lt. John Gierasch, head of the Suffolk Homicide Squad, said yesterday. He said the bones, including a skull, were found by the property owner on wooded land off Vanderbilt Parkway about two miles west of Commack Road at about 4:30 p.m.

He said the bones would go to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office for further examination. Asked whether there were signs of foul play, he said, "At this stage it hasn't been examined sufficiently." ...
 

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SOURCE: Custodian Finds Remains of Body: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
By Andrew Metz. STAFF WRITER. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 21 May 1998: A52.

A school custodian picking up garbage behind a supply building in Brentwood yesterday discovered the skeletal remains of what is believed to be a man in an overgrown sump, authorities said.

Suffolk detectives do not know the identity of the decomposed body and said it appears to have been in the lot behind the Brentwood school district's Freshman Center off Leahy Avenue for a lengthy period.

Det. Lt. John Gierasch, commander of the Suffolk Homicide Squad, said the county medical examiner would examine the remains to help determine the cause of death and the age of the person.

Clothing discovered along with the bones yesterday indicate that they belonged to a man, Gierasch said.

The remains were discovered around 11:50 a.m. behind a fence that separates the Freshman Center, a school for ninth-graders, from an overgrown sump owned by the Town of Islip.

Jerry Steiner, a spokesman for the school district, said the bones were not on school property.

Steiner said the custodian initially saw sneakers behind the fence, then took a closer look with a security guard and saw what appeared to be a human leg...
 

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SOURCE: Police Seek ID on Body: [QUEENS Edition]
Morrison, Dan. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 29 Jan 2000: A34.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying a girl's body found in a wooded field near Rochdale Village in the summer of 1998. Detectives hope these two sketches, by artists at the Police Department and at the FBI, will jog someone's memory.

The skeletal remains were those of a petite 13-year-old Hispanic girl, police said. The body was discovered by a passer-by on July 18, 1998, near the Long Island Rail Road tracks, about 100 yards west of 132nd Avenue and 176th Street. Police said the body could have been there three weeks to three months.

Police asked anyone who might recognize the girl in the drawings to call Det. Kevin Koenderman of the 113th Precinct at 718-712-2129 or Det. Frank Schettino of the Missing Persons Squad at 212-374- 6920...
 

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SOURCE: LONG ISLAND BRIEFS: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION]
The Associated Press. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 05 Apr 2000: A32.

Police Seek to ID Remains

Suffolk County homicide detectives were trying yesterday to identify a woman whose skeletal remains were discovered in Fort Salonga by a landscaper, police said.

A landscaper working on a nearby home happened upon the body in a wooded area near Timber Lane and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road about 3 p.m. Monday.

The body was clothed in the remnants of a pair of green sweat pants, a green sweater, a green zipper front "Fleet Street" jacket, tan moccasins and a pair of white lace underwear.

Police, who said they believe the body has been there for more than a year, said there is no indication of foul play at this time and no obvious sign of trauma...
 

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SOURCE: Human, Dog Bones Found in Park: [QUEENS Edition]
Gardiner, Sean. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 15 Apr 2001: A30.

A worker cleaning a Rosedale park Friday discovered two bags of skeletal remains-one human, the other canine, police said.

Around 11:15 a.m. Friday, the worker was cleaning a marshy area of Brookville Park near 149th Avenue and Brookville Boulevard when he stumbled across two garbage bags containing bones, police said.

The worker called police. Officers confirmed that one bag contained human remains and the other held the remains of a dog, police said.

The human remains were sent to the medical examiner's office for identification and to determine the cause of death, police said...
 

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SOURCE: Suffolk to Use DNA To Confirm ID of Body: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Bill Bleyer. STAFF WRITER. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 21 Aug 2001: A26.

e Suffolk County medical examiner's office will conduct DNA and other testing to determine the identity of a decomposed body that washed up in Amagansett on Sunday.

Authorities said the body may be that of an intern at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor who disappeared while swimming with friends in Bridgehampton on Aug. 2, but they won't know until the tests are completed in a week or two.

The remains were found on a beach near Marine Boulevard in Amagansett by a fisherman at about 1 p.m. Sunday. East Hampton Town Police Chief Todd Sarris said yesterday that "there was severe decomposition. It was primarily skeletal remains with some flesh still attached." He said the head was missing, probably because of the advanced state of decomposition.
 

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Interesting...

Another headless find.

SOURCE: Skeleton Found in Wantagh: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Tom Demoretcky. STAFF WRITER. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 07 July 2003: A28.

Skeletal human remains of an adult were found yesterday morning by a man walking along the shoreline in Wantagh Park, Nassau police said.

According to Det. Sgt. Richard Laursen of the Homicide Squad, the partial skeleton, found at about 10:20 a.m. in the southeast corner of the park, had probably been washed up by the high tide. He said little could be determined about the body, but police hope to know more after an autopsy to be performed today by the Nassau County medical examiner.

Laursen said the skeleton is missing its head, rib cage and lower legs. He said there were bits of clothing on the bones.

"We don't know if it's male or female, black or white," Laursen said, adding that the body had probably been in the water for a relatively long time and that there were no obvious signs of foul play. He said a man who walks in the park regularly made the discovery. The park is along the Wantagh State Parkway in Wantagh...
 

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SOURCE: ID of body found remains unclear: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
WILLIAM MURPHY AND ZACHARY R. DOWDY. STAFF WRITERS. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 15 Apr 2006: A11.

The body three youngsters found Thursday as they were walking along Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore had some identification, but it's unclear whether it belongs to the dead person, State Police said Friday.

Police also have not yet reached relatives of the owner of the document. A duffel bag also was found near the body, which was clothed but mostly skeletal, said Trooper Frank Bandiero, a spokesman.

Bandiero said it was unclear whether the case would be investigated as a homicide because the cause of death is not known, pending an autopsy. He added that once the body is identified, investigators must reach relatives before releasing the name.

"We have not determined the sex of the person and the clothing was not in good condition, so we cannot say whether it is male or female clothing," Bandiero said.

He said the body had decayed, indicating it had been there for some time, but he declined to speculate how long it had gone undiscovered.

The remains were found about 5:30 p.m., Bandiero said, and troopers returned to the scene Friday.

"The sex, age and race of the individual are currently unknown," State Police said in a statement. "The New York State Police Major Crime Unit and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office will advise when identification of the individual is determined."...
 

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SOURCE: BONES IN SUITCASE
Mason, Bill. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 05 Mar 2008: A.19.

A suitcase containing possible human bones was found near Forest Park in Queens, police said. A passerby found the suitcase containing what appeared to be a human skull and other possible skeletal remains near Forest Parkway and Park Lane South in Richmond Hill, police said...
 

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SOURCE: GLEN HEAD: Woman's remains IDd in N.C.
Kerr, Kathleen. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 19 Sep 2008: A.28.

Allison Jackson-Foy loved dancing, swimming in the backyard pool and family trips to an upstate dude ranch when she was growing up in Syosset and Oyster Bay.

Back then, she was Allison Mazalewski. Now, sadness tempers her family's happy memories.

On Sept. 10, results of DNA testing found that skeletal remains discovered on April 26 in a wooded area in Wilmington, N.C., belonged to Jackson-Foy, missing since July 30, 2006, when she was 34. The remains of another woman missing since 2007 also were found at the same time. A final autopsy report for Jackson-Foy is pending and a police investigation continues.

Detectives are not ruling out the possibility that the women were killed by the same person, a spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department, said last week.

Jackson-Foy disappeared after someone called a cab to take her home from Junction Pub & Billiards, where she met a friend. She lived in Wilmington with her second husband, Michael Foy, and two daughters, Courtney Jackson, 14, and Jordan Foy, 6...
 

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Those were the reports of skeletal remains that were found that left some open-ended questions. Now to post articles about decomposing bodies that were found too...
 

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SOURCE: Body Found in Brookville: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 23 May 1987: 14.

he badly decomposed body of an unidentified male was found partially buried yesterday off an estate-lined street in Brookville by two landscapers clearing wood from one of the homes' manicured lots.

Local authorities said the man's head was smashed beyond recognition and that the body had been lying in the shallow gully for more than a week. Police found no identification on the fully clothed man, who they believe was white or Hispanic.

Police said the body, covered with leaves and broken twigs, was found about 11 a.m. in a wooded area along a private, unnamed road off Brook- ville Road. The road leads to a cluster of four homes, about a quartermile from the Brookville police station. Brookville Road is the site of several million-dollar estates.

Dr. Dan McCarthy, assistant medical examiner, was at the scene when an ambulance pulled up to take away the body. "It looks like a dump job," he said, adding that identification likely would have to want until completion of an autopsy.
 

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SOURCE: Body of Unidentified Slain Woman Found: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
By Eric Nagourney. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 12 Sep 1989: 23.

The decomposed body of an unidentified woman, her ankles bound with cord and a cloth tied over her face, was discovered near the Meadowbrook Parkway by a motorist who alerted police late Sunday, officials said yesterday.

Investigators believe that the woman was killed at another location and dumped by the parkway two to four weeks ago, State Police Capt. Walter Heesch said.

The body was found in a wooded area about 30 feet off the west side of the parkway, a mile south of Merrick Road. Police said the motorist had pulled over to the side of the road while on the way to the beach with his family.

"This is definitely a homicide. There's no doubt about that," Heesch said, adding that it did not appear to be "a professional hit."

Authorities were trying to determine the cause of death yesterday. Heesch said that because the body was badly decomposed, officials could not determine whether the woman had been sexually assaulted.

Police are checking missing-person records to see if the woman's description matches that of anyone reported missing, and are trying to match her fingerprints to others in police files.

"Right now," Heesch said, "the thing is trying to find the identity."

Police described the victim as being between 25 and 35 years old, between 110 and 140 pounds, and between 5 feet and 5 feet 4 inches. They said she had a pointed chin, a prominent nose and a brown ponytail.

She was weaing a blue miniskirt and a gray tanktop, and a silver crescent-shaped earring.
 

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SOURCE: Body's Identity Sought: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Bill Van Haintze. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 28 Apr 1990: 16.

Nassau police are attempting to identify the badly decomposed body of a white male found washed up on a private beach Thursday night in Kings Point.

A 12-year-old boy found the body as he was walking along the beach in front of a Kings Point Road residence at 7 p.m., police said. The dead man was wearing the shredded remnants of blue jeans, a dirty white pullover shirt, blue snakeskin belt, red jockey shorts, white socks and sneakers, according to Det. Sgt. Daniel Severin of the Homicide Squad.

Nassau County Medical Examiner Dr. Leslie Lukash said there were no apparent marks of violence on the body but the cause of death will have to await toxicological studies and police investigation. The Homicide Squad is investigating...
 

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TOBAY BEACH...

SOURCE: Body Found on Beach: [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Paul, Krista. Newsday [Long Island, N.Y] 26 June 1993: 13.

A badly decomposed body washed up on Tobay Beach in Massapequa yesterday, Nassau police said.

The body, which was found at 11:30 a.m. on the bay side, is that of a man about 45, police said. Police are not sure how long the body was in the water...
 
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