New York City

Torso, Bags of Body Parts Discovered in NYC Park Identified as Missing 26-Year-Old Woman

A medical examiner will determine Brandy Odom's cause of death

What to Know

  • Cops identified the torso and leg found inside a New York City park as 26-year-old Brandy Odam of Brooklyn
  • A dog walker first discovered the torso face down, covered in leaves, about 15 feet from the edge of a pedestrian path
  • A medical examiner will determine the woman's cause of death

Police have identified the woman whose torso, leg and other body parts turned up inside a Brooklyn park this week as a 26-year-old from the borough who's been missing for months. 

The name of the woman, Brandy Odom, was released Wednesday, a day after more body parts turned up in Canarsie Park, according to police. 

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Odom's mother contacted police when she learned of the investigation into the dismembered body at the park, law enforcement sources tell News 4. She believed it was her daughter and went to the police precinct, where she told investigators her daughter had a distinctive tattoo -- the word "chocolate" above her left breast.

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Brandy Odom

Detectives gave Odom's mother a photo, which she positively identified as Odom. Police said Odom had never been reported missing before her body was discovered: she was "very independent" and sometimes left for days at at time, they said. It's not clear if she had a romantic partner, or how long it had been since her family heard from her this last stretch. 

Police are urging the public with any information on Odom to contact them.

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Officials have been on the park grounds since Monday investigating the discovery of the woman's torso. Investigators later found a leg, then several bags containing body parts. Police would not say what kind of body parts were inside the bags, but cops believe they are all part of the same person.

It's not clear at this point how Odom may have died or who is responsible for her death. 

A woman walking her dog first made the grisly discovery of the torso at around 6 p.m. Monday, about 15 feet off the edge of the pedestrian path.

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The torso had been found face down, covered in leaves but not buried, law enforcement sources say. 

It's not known how Odom's body ended up there or how long she had been there.

Community activist Tony Herbert said he thinks the body must have been dumped there recently, adding that "it's a very active park." 

"This body couldn't have been here that long," he said. 

A medical examiner will determine Odom's cause of death.

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