Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Division, speaks at a press conference on May 25. The decomposing corpse of what cops believe is a victim of MS-13 has been discovered in a Long Island park, law enforcement sources said Saturday.
The remains were found in the Massapequa Preserve, just 100 to 150 feet from where another victim of the brutal gang, 19-year-old Julio Espantzay, was found butchered to death in 2017, Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Division, said Saturday.
Cops investigating Espantzay’s killing had developed information about another victim and have been searching for remains in the 600-acre preserve for two years. On Friday, they found them.
“We had many indications with the dogs that this area might be where the person might be,” Fitzpatrick said. “As we started to excavate we found the remains of a human being.
“We do believe we know who this person is,” he added, noting the medical examiner will identify the victim.
It wasn’t clear if there were obvious signs of trauma to the decomposed body, a source said.