Torso found on Breezy Point Beach might be body of Emmy-winning filmmaker: police

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Headless, armless body that washed ashore believed to be emmy-winning filmmaker: police
The body washed ashore Breezy Point Beach Friday.

BREEZY POINT, Queens (WABC) -- Police believe a human torso discovered along Breezy Point Beach Friday afternoon was the body of an emmy-winning filmmaker.

Police say the headless, armless body may belong to Ross McDonnell. Police say they believe McDonnell drowned while swimming, and his body became dismembered in the ocean.

McDonnell, originally from Ireland, lived in Brooklyn and was last seen over two weeks ago.

Just before 12:30 p.m. Friday, officers discovered an unidentified human torso with legs attached laying on the sand in Queens.

EMS responded and pronounced the person dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

ALSO READ | Uniformed officer allegedly slashed with box cutter while responding to subway station fight

Darla Miles has the latest details.


* More Queens news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.