2001-06-21 / Top Stories

No Identity Yet Of Body Washed Ashore In May

By Charles Rogers
No Identity Yet Of Body Washed Ashore In May By Charles Rogers

No Identity Yet Of Body Washed Ashore In May By Charles Rogers

Police say there is "probably no foul play involved" in the case of a body being washed up on the shore near Canarsie Pier last month, but they still have not been able to identify it..

According to Detective Sergeant Kevin Kirby of the 69th Precinct, the body of the black male, approximately 30 years of age, washed on shore on Monday, May 14th and was discovered at about 2 p.m. by a fisherman.

"The witness said he was walking toward his fishing spot on the shore about 50 feet east of the pier when he thought he saw a mannequin sticking out of the sand," Kirby said. "Upon closer observance, he realized it was a human torso."

Kirby said the man, whose name was not released, headed to the Gateway Recreation Area Park Ranger headquarters on the Canarsie Pier with the intention of reporting his discovery when he spotted a Park Police patrol car and told two officers.

The Park officers told their supervisor, who contacted the City Emergency Medical Service, Park Police Crime Scene Unit and the Kings County Medical Examiner’s office but did not notify any personnel from either the 69th Precinct patrol, detective squad or Brooklyn South officials. The body was removed a few hours after the discovery by EMS paramedics who took it to the morgue at Kings County Hospital.

The local detective squad was eventually notified when the medical examiner called for information on the body hours later.

He said the deceased had been in the water approximately 24 hours and it appeared that he had drowned. There were no signs of any trauma to the body, he stated.

"We’re still asking for the public’s help," said Sergeant Kirby. Anyone with information is asked to call the local Detective Squad at 257-6215. If requested, the calls will be kept confidential.

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