Human head found on Long Island lawn

Last week, a woman’s partially dismembered body was discovered in a municipal parking lot on Long Island in New York, according to reports.

A day later, a man found a woman’s arm with clothing still covering it in his yard. Another severed arm was located in the area the following day.

Now police are investigating an apparent human head discovered Thursday night in a yard near where the arms were found on residential lawns.

That’s three body parts found in one week.

Jonathan Grier, 51, who lives in the home, told Newsday he smelled an awful odor when he was mowing his lawn last Friday but was afraid to look.

“I told my sister, ‘Something is dead in these bushes and I’m not going to look for it,’” he said. He knew body parts had been found nearby. “It’s crazy.”

On Thursday, two of his neighbors found the head in a black, plastic grocery bag in the bushes on the side of the house, according to local reports.

The resident who found it “noticed a bunch of birds around the bushes and thought that was unusual,” Hempstead Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs told Newsday.

Investigators are trying to determine if the body parts belong to the body found last week in the parking lot in Bay Shore, which is about 25 miles east of Hempstead, where the arms were found, the Associated Press reported.

And homicide detectives in Nassau and Suffolk counties are waiting on DNA results to determine if the body could belong to 27-year-old Chinelle Latoya Browne, according to local reports. The Brooklyn mother of four was last seen July 5, Newsday reported. Medical examiners have not officially identified the remains but a tattoo on the body matches Browne’s, an unnamed police source told the newspaper last weekend.

Hobbs told WBAC-TV officials don’t believe the crime was committed in the neighborhood, but “we believe at this point that whoever committed this crime unfortunately chose the Village of Hempstead to dispose of these body parts.”

Lindsey Bever is a national news reporter for The Washington Post. She writes for the Morning Mix news blog. Tweet her: @lindseybever
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