New York City police announced the discovery of a human skeleton stuffed inside a sofa along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn near Flatbush Avenue on Saturday. The gruesome find was actually made by a clean-up crew working to clean weeds along the roadway. According to a police spokeswoman, the crew had just loaded the discarded sofa onto their truck and had activated a crushing device when the top of the skull “popped out,” leading them to find more bones. She also stated that a shirt found at the scene had slash marks indicating that the victim may have been stabbed in the chest.
Meanwhile, a preliminary examination by a forensic anthropologist working for the medical examiner has led authorities to surmise that the skeleton belonged to a male about 30-35 years old, although they have not yet determined his race due to bleaching of the bones, which are believed to have been stuffed into the sofa more than a year ago after being “taped inside a blanket.” In addition, cause of death has yet to be determined, although they did find the remnants of what had been a syringe at the site as well.
Wetlands around the Belt Parkway are often used as a body dump, especially in mob killings. Police investigators are now combing through missing persons reports filed over the past 12-months or so to see if any of them fits the physical characteristics of this body as they look for more clues as to who he was and how he may have gotten there.