Reyna Isabel De Los Santos, who would have been 43 this year, was reported missing after a June 19 fight with her husband, Edwin Fuentes, who is now facing charges for abusing Reyna's 18-year-old autistic son. A suitcase full of bones found in Forest Park March 4 was positively identified as her remains, police said."We are dealing with a racist and double-standard system," said community activist Enrique Lugo at a news conference Friday at the office of Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst). "When a white woman goes missing, they let the dogs out, they call in the helicopters, but from day one, they said [Reyna] went off with someone else."Lugo and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) blasted police for investigating the case as a voluntary missing person situation based on statements from Fuentes."The police kept saying she left, and we said, 'No way,' " Lugo said. "They based the investigation on what her husband - now an alleged suspect - said," he said.Monserrate said police in the 102nd Precinct had questioned Fuentes about his wife's murder.Police defended their handling of the case."Contrary to those groundless assertions, detectives seriously investigated the reported disappearance ... from the outset," said Paul Browne, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of public informatio
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