2006-06-01 / Front Page

BURNED BODY FOUND IN FRESH CREEK

By Charles Rogers

The Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, with marshland and bushes lining its banks,  is located just west of Starrett City (background in photo). Woman's charred body was found in the preserve Saturday.         Charles RogersThe Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, with marshland and bushes lining its banks, is located just west of Starrett City (background in photo). Woman's charred body was found in the preserve Saturday. Charles Rogers Police from the 75th Precinct were called to the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, off Louisiana Avenue, last Saturday where a woman's burned body was discovered by two bicyclists at about 3:30 p.m.

Police said the body was unclothed and charred beyond recognition. Paramedics from the city's Emergency Medical Service pronounced the woman dead at the scene. As of yesterday, she had not been identified.

One report suggested the body had not yet begun to decompose, suggesting it had not been there for long. After the body was transported to the morgue, officials from the city medical examiner's office said the victim had been stabbed repeatedly before being set afire.

Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner, said the woman received chest wounds and her heart and lung had been pierced. Her neck had also been sliced.

Residents of the Lakeside Adult Day Health Care Center, which borders the northwest side of Fresh Creek across from where the body was discovered said they had not seen anything unusual Saturday.

But some residents of Starrett City, east of the creek, knew something was afoot when they saw police activity in the area, including hearing helicopters and seeing police searching and canvassing the area.

The Fresh Creek Nature Preserve is city parkland opened to the public in 1996 and frequented by nature lovers, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Although there are a number of walking paths, the surrounding area is overgrown with weeds, thus making it relatively easy to hide a body.

Folklore and contemporary history indicates the whole section was once a burying ground for Murder, Inc. in the late '20s and early' 30s. It is a little over a mile from the desolate Fountain Avenue dead end street where the body of Imette St. Guillen was discovered a few months ago.

The park opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

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