A Bay Shore man was charged Monday with murder in connection with the death of a Farmingville woman who was found stabbed in her home Sunday, Suffolk police said.
Homicide Squad detectives charged Charles Pray, 34, of 316 Frederick Ave., with second degree murder in the killing of Monica Lino, 36.
The Suffolk County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy, police said.
Pray will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Tuesday.
According to public records, Pray is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Constellation.
A Volkswagen Jetta registered to Lino, who police earlier had said "was a victim of violence," was discovered by Suffolk County homicide detectives in Merrick, which is more than 35 miles away from her home.
Suffolk police said the vehicle was impounded as evidence and the investigation is continuing.
Lino's body was discovered just after 3 p.m. Sunday inside her residence on Berkshire Drive, said Suffolk Deputy Insp. Mathew Lewis, commander of the Major Crimes Bureau.
Lino's nephew had stopped by the home to see his aunt and found her body on the first floor of the house, then called 911, Lewis said.
Lewis said Lino had two young children who were out of town at the time of her death.
They have since been notified.
There were two tenants living in a basement apartment at the residence, but they were not home at the time, Lewis said. Both tenants have spoken with detectives.
Suffolk court records show Pray has pleaded guilty in the past to criminal trespass, criminal contempt and petty larceny, all misdemeanors.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call detectives at 631-852-6392 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.