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At press time, the medical examiner was still working to identify the...

By Betsy Scheinbart

A New York City Parks Department worker discovered human skeletal remains in a marshy area of Brookville Park in Rosedale Friday morning, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

At press time, the medical examiner was still working to identify the bones and determine the cause of death, but there was no doubt the bones were human, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for that office.

The bones were discovered in a bag in parkland between 149th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard at 11 a.m. Friday, said Officer Gary Cillo, a police spokesman.

The long, narrow park occupies a swath of land south of the Belt Parkway in Rosedale, stretching south to the edge of Kennedy Airport and the border of Nassau County in Long Island.

The bones were found on the eastern edge of the park about half a mile from the airport and slightly further from the Long Island boarder. They were about a mile away from where the bodies of two women were found in plastic bags in December.

The deaths of the two Springfield Gardens women in December were officially ruled homicides March 28 by the medical examiner, police said.

A passerby found the body of Tracy Jackson, 28, on Dec. 24 stuffed in a plastic bag on the side of the road at 244th Street and North Conduit Avenue in a wooded area of Rosedale.

Police found the body of Angela Worthy, 28, five days later on Dec. 29 bound and gagged in a plastic bag.

Worthy’s body was discovered on 146th Avenue near Springfield Boulevard and 146th Road, at the boarder of Springfield Gardens and Rosedale, just a few blocks from Jackson’s body.

Jackson died from a brain hemorrhage due to a blow to the head and Worthy died of “homicidal asphyxia,” meaning she was suffocated, Borakove said.

Friends and family said Jackson and Worthy knew each other, but detectives from the 105th Precinct declined to comment on the investigation, which is ongoing.

There was no word as to whether the three deaths were related.

Reach reporter Betsy Scheinbart by e-mail at Timesledgr@aol.com or call 229-0300 Ext. 138.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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