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Investigation into discovery of human remains at Hillcrest bank reclassified as homicide: NYPD

Oct. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

The NYPD announced Oct. 27 that it has reclassified an investigation into the macabre discovery of decomposing human remains in a Hillcrest bank parking lot last month after the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner deemed it a homicide.

On the night of Wednesday, Sept. 20, police from the 107th Precinct responded to a 911 call of found remains in front the TD Bank located near St. John’s University at 164th Street and Union Turnpike after a worker at the bank noticed a pungent smell as he was taking out the trash at around 9:30 p.m., according to authorities.

A decaying human leg was found to be protruding from a blue recycling bin adjacent to a dumpster in the parking lot of the bank branch, police said. A Crime Scene Unit van responded to the scene and the parking lot was sealed off as investigators loaded the recycling bin into the vehicle and transported it to the city’s Chief Medical Examiner’s office for further study, police sources said at the time.

Detectives from the 107th Precinct reviewed surveillance video from the bank’s security cameras to see who made the grisly deposit, according to the NYPD. The age and sex of the victim has not been determined, according to an NYPD spokesman.

There are no arrests and the reclassified homicide investigation is ongoing, the spokesman said.

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