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Human remains found buried in Massapequa Preserve on Friday may be those of an MS-13 gang victim, officials say.
Detectives found the remains while they were excavating off a path in the preserve, an official said
The Medical Examiner will determine who the person was and how the person died
Human remains found buried in Massapequa Preserve may be those of an MS-13 gang victim, officials said Saturday.
Detectives found the remains Friday while they were excavating off a path in the preserve, Nassau County Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said.
The medical examiner will determine who the person was and how the person died, Fitzpatrick said.
“We do believe we know who this person is,” he said. “I will not reveal that at this time until DNA tests positive and tells us that that is in fact the person we suspect to be here.”
Investigators found the body of a young man murdered by MS-13 in the preserve in 2017, according to Fitzpatrick.
During that probe, investigators learned a second victim could be buried there, he said.
The remains found on Friday were approximately 100 to 150 feet from the body found in 2017, Fitzpatrick said.
Police didn’t immediately release any additional information. Police planned a press conference Sunday morning.