Based on the weight and feel of the garbage bag she found in front of Crotona Park in the Bronx on Friday afternoon, the seasonal worker for the park department thought there might be an animal carcass there.
The worker called Parks Enforcement to a patrol officer who opened the bag, saw what he thought was human hair, and contacted the police department.
His guess was correct.
Police said that two black garbage bags near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Crotona Park South contained the dismembered remains of an unidentified woman.
"That does not happen often," says Detective Sophia Mason said:
On Saturday, a knife was found in the park, but police said it was unclear whether it was fragmented body parts.
According to the New York City Bureau The bags seem to contain the remains of at least one woman, but details such as the person's age or race still need to be determined.
Vanessa L. Gibson, whose city council district contains the sidewalk where the remains were
Immediately opposite where the body was found there are houses, a church and a school.
"Normally we do not have such problems," Councilor Gibson said
She said improvements would come to the northern part of Crotona Park, a 127.5-hectare site that the city purchased in 1888 and is now the largest public swimming pool in the Bronx has.
Councilor Gibson said she is working to earn more money to improve the southern part of the park near where the body parts were found by repairing the area's courts and adding more cameras
] "We have to find out how this woman died," she said. "Someone has no regard for life and it is disturbing, I am sorry that happened to this young lady."
The discovery of a fragmented body may not seem very common in New York, but it is not unheard of.
. Odom was identified by her mother after the authorities announced that her torso had tattooed the word "chocolate" over her left breast. Police said on Saturday that there had been no updates in Ms. Odom's case and that the investigation – just like the one in Crotona Park – continued.