2006-03-02 / Other News

Body Of Strangled Coed Found Near Spring Creek

By Charles Rogers

Police line tape intertwines location where the brutalized body of a John Jay College coed was found last Saturday night. Police sources said 24-year-old Imette St. Guillen was bound with duct tape and dropped in the wooded area next to Spring Creek north of the Belt Parkway. Police line tape intertwines location where the brutalized body of a John Jay College coed was found last Saturday night. Police sources said 24-year-old Imette St. Guillen was bound with duct tape and dropped in the wooded area next to Spring Creek north of the Belt Parkway. Police are investigating the brutal murder of a college student whose naked body was found covered with wrapping tape and a light quilt last Saturday night in the desolate, dead-end section of Seaview and Fountain avenues next to Spring Creek.

The corpse of Imette St. Guillen, 24, a Manhattan graduate student studying for her master’s degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was discovered when an anonymous call from the Lindenwood Diner on Linden Boulevard, not far from where the body was found, alerted 75th Precinct police to search the scene at about 8:30 p.m.

They spied the blanket in a clump of weeds next to Spring Creek and pulled it aside to discover the grisly sight of the girl with her wrists and ankles tied tightly with duct tape and her face covered with see-through tape, police said. Sources said she had been sexually assaulted, with contusions and bruises on her body and a sock stuffed in her mouth

A police spokesman told the Canarsie Courier St. Guillen had been last seen alive at about 3:30 a.m. when she left the Pioneer Bar on the Bowery in lower Manhattan. She had been there with two female friends and, when the friends decided to leave, she stayed behind.

Surveillance cameras determined she left there and later talked to one of her friends on a cell phone, telling her she was all right and would be home soon, according to published reports.

The Boston native had lived in New York for about four years, sources said, arriving here shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was an “A” student at John Jay and hoped to become a forensic investigator.

Police corroborated reports that they are closely examining a few clues and said the quilt the victim was wrapped in was the type commonly found in motels.

Made by Springmaid, it is a combination of cotton and polyester and has a distinct floral pattern. Detectives have also checked out the phone booth at the diner in the hope that there might be fingerprints or some other tangible connection to the murderer or murderers.

Police ask that anyone who might have information on the case, including a sighting of the person at the phone booth at the diner, is asked to call the 75th Precinct at (718) 827-3549 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Calls will be kept confidential.

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