Body In a Box

Mystery Woman Dead In R.H. Home

The death of a tattooed woman whose body was found stuffed in a box at a Richmond Hill home last Saturday, Aug. 4 has been declared a homicide, law enforcement sources said.

Police are asking the public’s help in identifying the victim who was located in the attic of a residence on the Van Wyck Expressway southbound service road between 97th and 101st avenues.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the home at around 11:40 a.m. after receiving a 911 call regarding a suspicious and foul odor from within the dwelling.

According to published reports, the location was the former home of 32-year-old Devendra Autar, who had taken his own life there last month. A relative was reportedly cleaning out the home when the stench was discovered.

Police said the anonymous woman’s body was found wrapped in plastic inside a container. Her remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday, Aug. 7, that coroners found stab wounds to the woman’s neck and torso, leading to the homicide declaration.

Law enforcement sources said the woman, whose age is unknown, measurex between 5’3″- and 5’9″-tall with dyed blonde hair with dark roots. Six tattoos, featuring names, animals and symbols were found on her body.

One tattoo with the name “Danny” was found on the top of the left wrist; another marking with the name “Evelyn” was found on the inside of the left wrist, police stated.

Reportedly, she also had tattoos of the astrological symbol Cancer (crab) on her left forearm, a butterfly on her right wrist, an angel fish on her front right shoulder and the word “serenity” on her right index finger.

The 102nd Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad are conducting an investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the woman’s identity or her death that could prove helpful is asked to call the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-805-3212 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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