Police believe two severed arms found in Hempstead and a dismembered female body discovered in Bay Shore are the remains of a missing Brooklyn woman, who was likely the victim of a homicide, according to a police source.
The remains are thought to be Chinelle Latoya Browne, 27, a married mother of four who lives in Brooklyn. and was last seen July 5. Though medical examiners have not officially identified the remains, a tattoo on the dismembered body matches Browne's, the source said.
Detectives from Suffolk and Nassau police, along with NYPD investigators, were pursuing several leads in the case Friday. One theory being explored is that the victim may have been killed in the city, dismembered and then the body parts dumped on Long Island, the source said.
The grisly mystery began Tuesday when police received a 911 call about a partially dismembered female body laying in the weeds about a half-mile from the Fire Island Ferry in Bay Shore.
On Wednesday, a severed arm was found in the yard of a home on Webb Avenue in Hempstead. Another severed arm was found Thursday, about a quarter-mile away. Police have not publicly linked the three discoveries.
Suffolk County police visited Browne's building in Brownsville yesterday as part of their investigation, with detectives also seen driving past.
In the Bay Shore case, detectives are trying to determine how the body came to be dumped among the weeds, said Suffolk homicide commander Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer.
"We don't know where she was killed," Beyrer said.
Joyce Miles, who lives across the street from Brown's building, said she last saw her Saturday walking with a group of men and women on the street outside. She said the group was arguing and shouting before they piled into a livery cab.
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