ARDSLEY - The body of missing grandmother Ethel Monroe is believed to have been found at Macy Park in Ardsley.

A police search of the area was launched after a man scavenging the woods for bottles on Wednesday stumbled upon the 65-year-old's purse and flip-flops. Monroe had been spotted in Macy Park shortly after she first went missing in early July.

Officers used machetes and saws to cut through the thick brush yesterday as Monroe's family waited for the news. The officers also used sonar to examine the water, as they did when they previously searched the park, which is six miles from Monroe's home.

Monroe went missing from her Warburton Avenue home in Yonkers on July 7 and was last seen on surveillance video near her house. Her family says she had been undergoing cancer treatment and was disoriented.

Police say they discovered the remains of a woman matching Monroe's description in the area where the Saw Mill River meets Woodland Lake and the clothing on the woman led them to believe it was Monroe.

Investigators believe the body had been completely submerged in a spot that made it difficult to find.

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Police say they showed Monroe's daughter, Daqueen, two pictures, one of a nightgown and another of a hat. Daqueen Monroe confirmed both items belonged to her mother.

Daqueen Monroe also gave police a DNA sample to see if it matches the human remains found in the park.

Officials say the result of the DNA test is expected sometime next week. Police say they do not suspect foul play but are still not ruling anything out.