Cops still trying to ID Gilgo Beach body
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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" the find 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.
With John Valenti