Officials using DNA to try to identify body parts

Police and law enforcement officials gather on Stewart

Police and law enforcement officials gather on Stewart Avenue in Hempstead on July 10, 2014 after a body part was found. (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Detectives in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties are awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm that the human body parts found in three separate locations last week are those of a missing 27-year-old Brooklyn woman, sources said Tuesday.

Dionne Browne, the sister-in-law of the missing woman, Chinelle Latoya Browne, said police have told her and other family members that the remains are believed to be those of her relative who was last seen July 5, Browne said in a brief telephone interview Tuesday.

Browne said she and other relatives, including her sister-in-law's husband, Dale Browne, had recently traveled from their native Guyana to help locate her.


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Dale Browne, who was also reached by telephone, said he did not wish to speak about the situation Tuesday.

Sources familiar with the investigation have said that detectives believe that the victim was murdered and that the remains are those of Latoya Browne, who lived on Sumpter Street, based on a tattoo found on the dismembered body.

In a missing-persons poster distributed around her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood last week, family members said Latoya Browne had a tattoo on her right arm with the word "CHINELLE" and a tattoo on her leg that had the word "Angel."

Police reported finding the dismembered torso of a woman July 8 in a vacant Bay Shore lot used as a shortcut between a municipal parking lot and the Fire Island Ferry. The body was missing both arms and its head, sources have said.

A severed arm was found in a Hempstead street July 9, and another severed arm was discovered Thursday a few blocks away in a yard.

The head has not been located, sources said.

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