Police identify body dumped in Manorville

March 23, 2012 2:07:54 PM PDT
Police on Long Island identified the body of a woman found in Manorville Park.

A man was also arrested for illegal dumping of human remains.

34-year-old Matthew Kraus had apparently injected heroin and taken Xanax along with 45-year-old Pura Simancas.

Simancas apparently died, and police say Kraus dumped her body in the woods sometime between February 27th and 28th.

The area has become somewhat of a dumping ground. Homicide investigators joined by members of the Suffolk County crime lab poured over The Manorville Hills County Park, which according to its website features the largest expanse of open land on Long Island. It features a network of hiking trails, with no roads.

A jogger discovered the body, facedown, on Wednesday afternoon.

Simancas' body was found just a few miles from where another body turned up in February. That body was discovered fully decomposed by a man walking his dog, and investigators believe it had been dumped more than five years ago. Investigators have not released much information about that body, including gender or cause of death.

The site is less than a mile away from where two torsos were found 10 years ago. Both of those sets of remains were later linked to two of the 10 victims of the Gilgo Beach serial killer. That investigation is going on about 50 miles away along Ocean Parkway.

Suffolk County Police do not believe any of these cases are related.

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