Yonkers police identify body in bag as Bronx woman
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Police have identified Pamela Graddick as the woman whose remains were found stuffed in a plastic bag and dumped in a wooded area of Yonkers, authorities said Thursday.
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the death of Graddick, 26, of the Bronx, said a spokesman for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
"After she's identified, then they can start working on what type of crime they're investigating," spokesman Lucian Chalfen said Thursday morning before Graddick was identified.
Yonkers police are investigating the death as a homicide, according to a news statement released by the department. Graddick was reported missing on Aug. 14 to police at the 44th Precinct in the Bronx.
Reached by phone, Graddick's older brother Bernard Graddick, 32, declined to immediately comment.
The woman was found Tuesday night after neighbors on Rossmore Avenue called police complaining of a foul odor coming from the black bag that was dumped in the grove of trees and brush near the Sprain Brook Parkway.
The Westchester County medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy Wednesday, Chalfen said.
Authorities believe the woman's badly decomposed body may have been in the woods for a couple of weeks, Chalfen said.
Police found a red comforter in the bag with the woman and she had several tattoos, authorities said.
"We're looking for witnesses or video that will help us determine when the bag was placed there," Yonkers Det. Lt. Joseph Monaco said.