Body found in Bay Ridge Channel identified as Prospect Lefferts Gardens man

Police investigating after male, female bodies pulled from water near Brooklyn Army Terminal

Police have identified a man’s remains discovered in the water near Pier 4 in Sunset Park earlier this year as a Prospect Lefferts Gardens man.

A family member contacted police to identify the victim’s body as 33-year-old Mathew Holley, who resided on Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers avenues, cops said.

A passerby spotted Holley’s remains floating off the coast near the Brooklyn Army Terminal at 58th Street at 11:14 a.m. on March 13, and NYPD Harbor Patrol responded to collect the body.

The department released images of Holley’s tattoos, including a money bag and boxing gloves, to media later that week in a bid to identify him.

The investigation into his death remains ongoing, and a cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner’s report, according to authorities.

The discovery of Holley’s body was followed three days later by another grisly find on May 16, when some called 911 after spotting a woman floating in Bay Ridge Channel off 56th Street, and police hauled her from the water onto Pier 4, where paramedics pronounced her dead, cops said.

That woman has since been identified as 47-year-old Queens resident Leila Rajnarine, according to a department spokes person, who noted that the Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixs[email protected]glocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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