A man is questioned over the grisly discovery of a woman’s body – missing a head, arms and legs – which was found in a rubbish bag in a shopping cart on a busy street outside a Brooklyn store a day ago, law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the case said Friday.
Sources say the man is being questioned about the disposal of the body, but they believe it may be related to the murder of the woman, who the sources say was a 68-year-old living in an LGBTQ shelter in the Clinton Hill area at the time. of his death.
The passerby who found her early Thursday told cops he first noticed the bag while driving to a friend’s house in Greenpoint and was still there on his way home about an hour later, he decided to open it, a senior NYPD official said.
The man, who was the one who called 911 about the grisly find at the corner of Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues, just outside a construction safety equipment store next to a carpet store , told cops he passed through the area initially around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. and decided to see what was in the bag as he returned around 1:40 a.m.
The bag was not attached. It was only canceled, the senior NYPD official said, the man reported. He reached inside. First he smelled a roll of toilet paper.
Then he opened the bag and saw the torso. He immediately called 911, the official said.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine how the woman died.
In the meantime, detectives are webbing surveillance cameras in the area in hopes of seeing who dropped the cart there. The city’s sanitation department has been ordered not to pick up trash within a three-block radius of the crime scene, with the NYPD working to bring in a cadaver dog to check the trash bags nearby for any additional body part.
Investigators say no potential motive is known at this time and no potential suspects have been identified at this early stage of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.