The body that washed ashore late Monday on Gilgo Beach has been identified as that of Natasha Jugo, 31, of Queens, a Suffolk County police spokeswoman said Thursday morning.
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 Village home -- but about a mile or so from where the body washed ashore Monday.
The body identified as Jugo's was discovered by people walking along the ocean side of the beach just before 9:30 p.m. Monday, police said. Those passersby saw the body in the water and then watched it wash ashore, police said.
Marine Bureau officers and homicide detectives responded. Police said Tuesday it was not immediately clear 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.
Police have said that investigators "do not believe" the find is connected to the remains found at Gilgo Beach between December 2010 and April 2011 of a man, a toddler and eight women. Five of the women were later identified as prostitutes.
The search for Jugo had begun March 18 after Suffolk police said they received a 911 call at 11:20 a.m., with the caller reporting finding the personal items. The NYPD said at the time that Jugo had not been seen since leaving her home the day before.
Suffolk County police said Thursday that Jugo's body was taken to the medical examiner's office on Monday for an autopsy.With Rosemary Olander