Cops ID Body Found Stuffed in Box in Queens Attic

The 19-year-old woman was from Washington Heights

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 6:27 AM EDT
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Police have identified the woman whose remains were found in the attic of a Queens home earlier this month.

Authorities say it was 19-year-old Samantha Bermudez whose legs were cut off and whose remains were discovered in a box in the attic of a home in Queens Saturday, Aug. 4, two weeks after a man living there committed suicide.

Police responded to the home at 97-26 Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill for a report of a suspicious odor and discovered the box in the attic.

Bermudez lived in Washington Heights, police said. The circumstances of her killing remain unclear. 

On July 20, the body of a man, 32-year-old Dvendra Autar, was found hanging from a pull-up bar in the Richmond Hill home. 

Autar's brother, Devchand Autar, 34, a nine-year veteran of the NYPD, was cleaning out his brother's belongings days later when he discovered the woman's remains in a box in the attic.

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