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Cops: Body found in Huntington preserve, death appears criminal

Suffolk County police investigate the scene at Froehlich

Suffolk County police investigate the scene at Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve, on West Rogues Path in Huntington Station. A body was found in the woods there. (Oct. 3, 2013) Credit: Chuck Fadely

The death of a Huntington Station woman whose body was discovered in the nearby Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve appears to be the result of a crime, Suffolk police said Thursday.

The victim, identified Thursday night by Suffolk police as Sarah Strobel, 23, was found in a nature preserve in Huntington Station Thursday morning. She was discovered just before 9 by someone who was walking on a nature trail in the 300-acre preserve, located near West Rogues Path and Oakwood Road, Homicide Squad Commander Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick termed the death "suspicious" and said the Homicide Squad is investigating. Police declined to disclose other details about the woman's death.

The body was found about 300 feet into the preserve, "just off a path in a wooded area," Fitzpatrick said. "Right now we're investigating the circumstances of the death," he said.

It was unclear how long the body had been in the woods, Fitzpatrick said.

Police said Strobel was pronounced dead at the scene and her body will be taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Fitzpatrick said there is "no reason to believe" the death is connected to any ongoing homicide probe in Suffolk.

Loretta Wilson, who lives in the area, said she was alarmed by the discovery of the body, in part because the preserve is down the street from a popular playground.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to call 631-852-6392 or 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

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