NYPD and federal investigators collected evidence late Wednesday in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body in the truck of a car earlier in the day at the Nassau-Queens border, officials said.
The case began to unfold just before 2 a.m. Wednesday when cops from the 101st Precinct, working with federal investigators, witnessed four men leaving a home on Foam Place in the area of Far Rockaway with what officials described as a "large unknown object." The men then placed it in the trunk of a Nissan Altima, the NYPD said.
Officers followed the Nissan and pulled it over near the Nassau Expressway and Bayview Avenue in Inwood. When the officers approached the car they noticed a strong odor, according to a law enforcement official. After the trunk was opened, police said, officers discovered the body of a woman wrapped in a blanket. She was declared dead by EMS personnel who responded to the scene, according to the NYPD.
The four men in the car were taken into custody and brought to the Queens precinct for questioning, police said. Their identities had not been released as of Wednesday night.
Police noticed that the woman’s body had evidence of trauma and turned it over to the city medical examiner for further investigation, said the law enforcement official, who didn’t want to be named. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner didn’t return a request for comment.
Earlier Wednesday, during a television interview, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea noted that federal officials were involved in the case but didn’t elaborate.