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Police probe link between Farmingdale homicide victim and nearby LIRR train death

Nassau County Police investigate the homicide of a

Nassau County Police investigate the homicide of a woman at 130 Secatogue Ave., in Farmingdale on the evening of October 28, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau police are investigating the link between a woman killed at a Farmingdale apartment building and a man struck by a LIRR train at the nearby train station.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday police received a call to 130 Secatogue Ave., where they found the body of a homicide victim, a woman in her 60s, outside the apartment building at that address, said Det. Michael Bitsko, a police spokesman.

A second victim, a male in his 30s, was struck and killed by a Long Island Rail Road train about 1,000 feet away from the homicide scene. He was hit at about 8:20 p.m., police said.

Police said there is a link between the two victims.

"Right now we feel there's a connection between the two individuals," said Bitsko. He said the victims were both from Farmingdale.

Homicide detectives, the police emergency service unit and the crime scene unit converged on the apartment building, where three white sheets -- some stained with blood -- were in the middle of the street. Nassau detectives were seen through the second story window.

Nick Gordon, who lives on the second floor of the two-story apartment near where the slain woman’s body was found, said he didn’t hear any screams but went to his window after seeing flashing emergency lights.

Gordon said when he left his apartment unit to go downstairs to assess the commotion, he first saw a trail of blood on the tile floor that continued down the stairs to the front door.

Jack Imperial, 41, of Queens, said about 7:50 p.m., he got into a cab at the Farmingdale train station and headed toward Secatogue Avenue, where he said the driver and Imperial saw a severed head on the right in the roadway and a decapitated woman's body on the left, on her back and fully clothed.

A night dispatcher at Yellow Cab in Farmingdale, just up the street from where the body was found, said at first his drivers "thought it was a Halloween prank. But after speaking with police, the drivers were told, 'Yes, it is real,' " said the dispatcher, who asked not to be identified.

At 1 a.m. Wednesday, police flood lamps lit up the night and several Nassau investigators continued to hunt for clues behind yellow crime scene tape. Curious residents had watched the police activity until about 12:30 a.m. when nearly everyone went back inside.

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