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Four people arrested, more remains found on Long Island as police examine severed body parts
Four people arrested, more remains found on Long Island as police examine severed body parts

Four people have been arrested and more remains have been found as authorities continue to investigate the incident in which human body parts were discovered in a park on Long Island, New York, authorities said Wednesday.

Suffolk County police said in a news release that three people between the ages of 38 and 44 and a homeless man were arrested at the same address in Amityville, in the town of Babylon. They were charged with obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and concealing a human corpse. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 6.

Police said the suspects’ Amityville apartment was also searched on Monday, but no human remains were found.

More human remains found

An aerial view of people sledding at Bethpage State Park in Bethpage, New York on February 17, 2024.An aerial view of people sledding at Bethpage State Park in Bethpage, New York on February 17, 2024.

An aerial view of people sledding at Bethpage State Park in Bethpage, New York on February 17, 2024.

However, more human remains were found in a wooded area in West Babylon and in Bethpage State Park on Tuesday, police said, adding that they “believe they belong to the same victims found on February 29.”

“The crime scene was investigated by the Suffolk County Police Homicide Unit and the Suffolk County Coroner’s Office,” police said in the news release.

The Amityville residence is approximately 8 miles from Bethpage State Park and 7 miles from Southards Pond Park.

Police refuse ID

One of the victims, a 59-year-old woman, has already been identified, while the 53-year-old man has been tentatively identified. Police said they are not releasing the woman’s name pending notification of next of kin.

“Their last known address was the same location in Yonkers, but it is unclear when they last lived there,” police said.

When were the human remains discovered on Long Island?

The remains of the two victims were first discovered Thursday morning by a group of Long Island students who spotted them on their way to school. The students were walking in Southards Pond Park in Babylon Village around 8:40 a.m. when one of them noticed an arm on the side of the road, police said. The student called her father, who came to the scene and called police.

When police arrived, they cordoned off the area and conducted an extensive search, including the use of dogs. During the search, several body parts were discovered, including a severed head, a right arm, a left leg from the knee down, and a right thigh.

Death investigations begin: On the way to school, student in New York finds severed arm

According to police investigations, this was apparently an isolated incident that posed no danger to the public.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Suffolk County Police Homicide Unit at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Contributor: Saleen Martin, USA TODAY

Saman Shafiq is a trending news reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on X (formerly Twitter) at @saman_shafiq7.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: More remains found in Long Island, New York; 4 arrested in Babylon

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