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GILGO BEACH/Police seek ID of body washed ashore

Suffolk County police are still trying to identify a woman whose body washed ashore late Monday on Gilgo Beach.

A police spokesman Wednesday said there were no updates on the case, but police did say after the body was retrieved that investigators "do not believe" it is connected to the Gilgo Beach murders.

The body was discovered by people walking along the ocean side of the beach just before 9:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

Those passersby observed the body in the water and then watched it wash ashore, police said.

Marine Bureau officers and homicide detectives responded to the scene. Police said Tuesday it was not immediately clear how old the woman was or how long her body might have been in the water.

Police also did not say if the body was clothed or if there were signs of trauma.

Neither Suffolk police nor the NYPD could say if the body was that of a Queens woman who went missing off West Gilgo Beach in March.

A New York Police Department spokesman said Tuesday that woman, Natasha Jugo, 31, of Queens Village, has not been found.

Police said in March that Jugo's car and personal items were discovered near Ocean Walk in West Gilgo Beach, more than 30 miles from her Queens home -- but about a mile or so from where the body washed ashore Monday.

-- Gary Dymski and John Valenti

N. LINDENHURST/Bicyclist, 61, killed on Wellwood Avenue

A 61-year-old West Babylon man was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle Tuesday night along Wellwood Avenue in North Lindenhurst, Suffolk police said.

The name of the victim was not released, pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the accident occurred at 9:25 p.m. on southbound Wellwood at Berry Street. The bicyclist was attempting to cross Berry when he was hit by a southbound 2006 Volkswagen driven by Michael Edwards of Wheatley Heights.

Police said Edwards, 36, remained at the scene. He was not injured and not charged.

Volunteers from North Lindenhurst Rescue took the victim to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where police said he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing, police said. Police ask anyone with information to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

-- John Valenti

FREEPORT/House fire prompts neighborhood evacuation

Two people suffered smoke inhalation in a Freeport fire that appeared to have started in the rear of a residence Wednesday and led to the evacuation of nearby homes, a village spokeswoman said.

A heavy fire at the rear of 30 Bedell St. was reported about noon, and occupants there were evacuated, said Sophia Johnson, a Freeport spokeswoman.

Freeport firefighters battled the blaze, and an occupant of the home and a neighbor suffered smoke inhalation, she said.

The fire was deemed accidental, and the county fire marshal's office is investigating, Johnson said.

Roadways near the site, south of Smith Street and west of South Main Street, were barricaded off, Johnson said, allowing firefighters and their equipment better access to the blaze.

-- Ellen Yan

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