BROOKLYN – The NYPD is taking advantage of new technology to solve old murders, as “phenotyping” creates composite images of victims yet to be identified.
In late July 2005, human body parts were found at Cooper Transfer Facility in Greenpoint and a skull was discovered in Bed-Stuy. Examination and DNA testing determined the body parts were from the same victim, said police.
The victim, who police described as a black or Hispanic male between the ages of 17 and 23-years old, and anywhere from 5’5” to 6’ tall and weighing 130-200lbs, has not been identified in the last 12 years.
Years later, in 2015, more dismembered remains were discovered in Calvert Vaux Park in January and March. These were determined to also belong to a single victim, a woman between the ages of 20 and 45 years old, said police.
Now, police have released composites of the two victims, which were created in partnership with a lab specializing in the determination of physical characteristics and ancestry based on DNA evidence, according to an NYPD statement.
The sketches of the victims can be seen here:
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