At approximately 1:13 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a call from a passerby about a possible crime inside Kissena Park in the vicinity of 164th Street between Underhill and Booth Memorial Avenues. Upon arrival, authorities discovered the remains of a badly decomposed individual within a wooded area at the location.
Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison spoke about the situation later that evening during the 109th Precinct Community Council meeting in Flushing.
“It is safe to say that they were human remains,” Harrison said. “Badly decomposed; very badly decomposed. I would say probably there for months.”
Harrison said officers from the precinct’s Detective Squad worked quickly to establish a crime scene and collaborate with the medical examiner and forensic anthropologist on the scene.
“Now we’ll be endeavoring to figure out who this person is,” Harrison said. “And that, of course, is gonna be tough because of the decomposition of the body … But we’ll bring closure to the family as best we can.”
The New York City Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.