These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.
A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast
- Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
- The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
- Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
- State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
- Estimated age: 35-50 years old
- Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
- Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
- Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.
A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.
Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.
The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”
Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police
A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.
- Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
- Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
- Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
- Cause of death was homicide
- Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
- Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
- Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.
On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.
She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.
With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.
NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department
Source: Doe Network