Police: Autopsy Friday on West Hempstead park body

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Autopsy results will determine whether a decomposed body found at Hempstead Lake State Park is that of a Nassau County woman who has been missing since June, authorities said Friday.

Det. Sgt. Thomas Duignan of the State Park Police said that the Nassau County medical examiner's office is scheduled to perform the autopsy Friday.

Park Police, New York State Police and Nassau County police have been searching for Catherine Brady, 28, a homeless woman who was living in the park, since July 6. She was last seen June 16 by her male companion, police said.

The companion is not a suspect, and police have said foul play is not believed to be involved in Brady's disappearance.

"We should know today," Duignan said Friday morning. "The medical examiner picked up the body last night."

The body, badly decomposed, was discovered by a fisherman late Thursday at the West Hempstead park, State Park Police said. The remains were spotted about 6:30 p.m. in the North Pond, in an area that was "very inaccessible" because of overgrown vegetation, said State Park Police Chief Richard O'Donnell.

The pond had been searched on July 6 after Brady was reported missing.

Neither Duignan nor O'Donnell could say whether the body was a man or woman.

Authorities first searched the park for Brady on July 6 and July 7 and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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