Woman found dismembered in Bronx park was the victim of a homicide

A young woman whose dismembered remains were found stuffed in two plastic trash bags at a Bronx park last week was the victim of a homicide, police said.

The city’s Medical Examiner’s office made the determination Wednesday as it tries to figure out if a new set of remains found in a separate Bronx park belong to the same woman.

An autopsy of the remains, which included the woman’s head, determined that she had been killed, but a cause of death was not immediately released.

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A city Parks Department worker found the body parts about 2 p.m. Friday outside the southern edge of Crotona Park near Franklin Ave.

Cops made a composite sketch of the still unidentified woman, who is described as light-skinned, Hispanic, between 20 and 30 years old. Police say she was about 5 feet tall, and weighed around 175 pounds.

Not all of the woman’s body was recovered from the bags, a police source said at the time.

Detectives were trying to determine if a new set of human remains discovered on Tuesday night belonged to the same victim.

A woman and her young son found three trash bags containing human remains on the rocks near the Tiffany St. pier at Barretto Point Park in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The pier is about two and a half miles from where the first set of remains were found.

Police sources said a left leg with a foot attached was sticking out of one of the bags. When they opened the bag, cops also found a left arm that had been severed from the body at the shoulder.

The toes on the foot were painted, leaving police to believe that it belonged to a woman.

A second bag was empty, but police patted down the third bag and determined that human remains were inside. The unopened bag and the other remains were taken to the city Medical Examiner’s office for further tests.

Investigators are working on the theory that the new set of remains belong to the severed body recovered last week.

"We are looking very closely to see if there is a connection between the two," a police source said.

Anyone with information regarding the dead woman’s identity is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.