NY body found in brush fire was young woman

June 16, 2011 1:48:38 PM PDT
Police released some new photos online, hoping to identify the body of a woman found a state park in Lagrange. They believe she is a black or Hispanic female in her late teens or early 20s.

The biggest clue investigators hope will help solve the murder: a tattoo on the lower back of the victim.

The woman's body was found around 5:15 Sunday morning in the woods of James Baird State Park.

A motorist driving by saw something burning and called 911 to report a brush fire, but it wasn't.

With the help of the medical examiner police describe the victim as a light-skinned black or Hispanic woman in her late teens to early 20's.

She was 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds.

She was wearing blue jeans, black flat shoes with beads on them and a green shirt.

Though the suspect's intention was to burn the body beyond recognition, the tattoo remained visible enough for investigators to release a picture.

Police say without positive identification, they don't have much to go on.

Though Baird State Park is a sprawling 490 acres, police say the suspect acted hastily dumping the body on the main access road less than a mile from the Taconic State Parkway.

Witnesses have described seeing a silver, four door sedan, possibly a Japanese make, in the area around the time of the discovery.

For tips on this case please call the New York State Police at (845) 677-7300.