Remains Found in NYC Yard Last Year ID'd as 54-Year-Old Woman as Mystery Deepens

Cops found a skull in the Queens backyard of a vacant building a year ago -- but the victim had no known connection to the address

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The discovery of a human skull found in a Queens backyard last year has now turned into a murder investigation, but police say they have no suspects and the victim had no ties to the house where her remains were found.

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Gloria Lee of Flatbush. The city medical examiner's office ruled her death a homicide, but no possible details on the cause were immediately released.

Lee's skull was recovered from the yard of a Pinegrove Street building in Jamaica that the Department of Buildings has had a vacate order on since 2019. It's not clear how long her skull could have been there, nor if police expect to find other bones in the same area.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

A skull found in the backyard of a vacant Jamaica, Queens home has now launched a murder investigation - but cops say there are no suspects and the victim had no ties to the house either.
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