Autopsy of woman found on Brooklyn bench calls death a homicide

RED HOOK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An autopsy on a woman found dead Thursday morning in Brooklyn determined that she died of injuries to her neck and chest.

Around 4:30 a.m., police responded to West Ninth Street in Red Hook. They discovered a woman with a cut throat, sitting on a bench.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police later identified her as 51-year-old Sharon Whigham, who lived nearby on Columbia Street in Red Hook.

Sharon Whigham:

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

The autopsy determined the cause of death was sharp force injury of the neck and chest. It was ruled a homicide.

The victim's married boyfriend was being questioned Friday. He has not been charged.

Detectives have talked to neighbors who said the victim and her boyfriend had a history of fighting.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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