What to Know
- Authorities found human remains in two bags at Crotona Park in the Bronx Friday
- Sources say they appear to be that of a woman; it's not clear yet who she is or how she died
- Shocked neighbors say they often visit with their children every day
Authorities are investigating after human remains were found in two separate bags at Crotona Park in the Bronx, police say.
Police were called to the area of Crotona Park South and Franklin Street Friday afternoon for a report of a suspicious package. That's where the remains were found, law enforcement sources said.
Officers found a knife in the sewer as they canvassed the park on Saturday, but told News 4 New York it was too early to say if the weapon was connected to the remains.
It appears the bags were placed on the sidewalk near the entrance to Crotona Park sometime Thursday morning, according to sources. A parks department employee spotted the bags and told a supervisor, who called 911.
A nearby resident, who only gave his name as Victor, said he'd been walking his dogs when they apparently smelled it.
"I didn't smell it, my dogs did," he said. "They went straight to it, both of them."
"It's really creepy. It's scary," said Alex Gutierrez, noting that neighbors visit the park with their kids every day.
"That's very disturbing, a human body in two bags," said Stacy Pagan.
Officers were searching trash cans in the park and using search dogs to look for more evidence.
No arrest has been made. The remains have not been identified, but sources say they're leaning toward the body being that of a woman.