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Headless corpse found on the sand of Breezy Point Beach: NYPD

Nov. 17, 2023 By Bill Parry

The NYPD has launched an investigation after a headless body was discovered on Breezy Point Beach just after noon on Friday, Nov. 17.

Police from the 100th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a human torso on the beach. Upon their arrival, officers found a human torso with legs attached lying on the sand without a head or arms, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case.

EMS responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased is pending proper family notification.

An NYPD spokesman could not say whether the corpse washed up on the beach or if it was dumped there.

An NYPD spokesperson told QNS on Nov. 18 that detectives are investigating whether the remains belong to award-winning Irish filmmaker Ross McDonnell, who was reported missing on Nov. 10.

Detectives are investigating whether the headless human torso found on Breezy Point Beach on Nov. 17 belongs to Irish filmmaker Ross McDonnell, who was reported missing from his Brooklyn home on Nov. 10.Photo courtesy of the NYPD

. The 44-year-old Dublin-born McDonnell was last seen leaving his Brooklyn home on Taaffe Place in the Navy Hill section, in the confines of the 79th Precinct for a nighttime bike ride. The three-time Emmy award-winning director’s bike was reportedly found locked up on the beach at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area just east of Breezy Point.

The investigation is ongoing and the office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of death.

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