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Missing Manhattan Woman Was the Body In R. H. Box

Family Last Saw Her In Dec. 2011

Authorities have identified the body of a woman who had been stabbed multiple times and stuffed in a box discovered inside a Richmond Hill home earlier this month, police said.

Samantha Bermudez, 19, of West 161st Street in Manhattan, who was reported missing last December, was found dead inside a residence on the Van Wyck Expressway southbound service road between 97th and 101st avenues on the morning of Aug. 4.

The location was the former residence of 32-year-old Devendra Autar, who had committed suicide there last month, according to published reports. Bermudez’s body- which was not immediately identifiable-was reportedly discovered by a relative of Autar as he was cleaning out the home.

Members of the 102nd Precinct responded to the location. The woman’s body was reportedly discovered wrapped in plastic inside a container.

Bermudez’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy in which numerous stab wounds were found on her neck and torso. Family members later identified her body.

The ongoing investigation into her murder is being conducted by the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad and the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-577- TIPS, 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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