01/07/12 NY — The half-charred body of a naked woman has been discovered on a secluded New York City beach.
The body was reported to police at 7.15am on Sunday by a hiker who was walking through the Marine Park nature preserve in Brooklyn.
Detectives are trying to determine what befell the woman and whether she was murdered.
Grim discovery: The woman’s body was found on a beach at Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York
No identification was found on the body – leaving investigators scrambling to determine who she was.
She was discovered near the water, close to a footpath through the brush in the park, the New York Post reported.
Part of the woman’s body had been burned, but there were no obvious signs of potentially-fatal trauma, according to the Post.
Secluded: The body was found between Marine Park (right) and Gerritsen Beach (left)
An autopsy will have to determine a cause of death.
Officers told the Post that her body had not been on the beach long.
She was found on the border of Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach, a largely Irish Catholic neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The area of hit hard by Hurricane Sandy – though police say the death is not related to the storm because it appears the victim died recently.