Third body in two weeks found in Long Island woods

(NY DAILY NEWS) – Police and federal authorities have found human remains in a thatch of woods in Long Island, authorities said Saturday — the third body recovered in Nassau County in the last two weeks.

The unidentified body was discovered on the Freeport-Merrick border Saturday morning near tracks for the Long Island Railroad.

The FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force found the body as they followed up on a lead linked to the discovery of a body in Cow Meadow Park and Preserve on Wednesday, Newsday reported.

Investigators have been searching the wooded area near Commercial St. and Lakeview Ave. since Friday afternoon. The area is roughly three miles from Cow Meadow Park, officials said.

Newsday identified the victim found in Cow Meadow Park as 19-year-old Cesar Gonzales-Espantzay. He had been stabbed and shot in January, possibly by members of MS-13, a notorious gang that has plagued Nassau and Suffolk counties over the last two years.

On Oct. 19, Long Island cops and members of Homeland Security recovered the body of 16-year-old Angel Soler from a thatch of woods in Roosevelt.

Soler, who attended Freeport High School, had been missing for three months.

Investigators have not confirmed if Soler was killed by members of MS-13, although the teen’s mother, Suyapa Soler, told Newsday she believes her child was a victim of gang violence.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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