By: Elaina Athans A report of a brush fire turned into a gruesome find in Dutchess County. Our Elaina Athans was in LaGrange to tell us more about what firefighters found in James Baird Park after they put out the flames.
LAGRANGE, N.Y. -- Fire officials begin working to contain a brush fire at James Baird Park and discover a female burned in a wooded area. Her body was found close to the roadway, near the Taconic State Parkway entrance.
Police say the woman is in her late teens or early twenties. Police believe she was killed in another location, brought to the park and then set on fire. Police aren't releasing a cause of death, but thinks there's a clue could help their investigation.
"We are asking for the community to assist," said New York State Police Captain Robert Nuzzo.
New York State Police plea for help in identifying a female victim found severely burned. An autopsy finds she is from either African-American or Hispanic descent.
"(She was) roughly 5'9" and 150 pounds. She was wearing blue jeans, a green shirt, black flat shoes with beads," said Nuzzo.
The woman's body was discovered Sunday morning after reports of a brush fire. Police believe it was intentionally set. Authorities are hoping a tattoo will take the investigation the next step. The victim had floral body art inked on her lower back.
"It's certainly a distinctive tattoo. We're hoping someone, either the artist or a family or friend, may have seen it.," said Nuzzo.
While police are trying to identify the woman, investigators are also on the prowl for a four-door gray sedan. Police say a witness saw that type of car around the same time the body was found.
Police are now combing through missing persons cases in the area and plan to extend that search.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Troop K at (845) 677-7300.