The bloated body of an unidentified woman was found floating in the water of a Mill Basin inlet on Monday afternoon, according to witnesses and police.
Cops fished the body of a woman in her late 20s out around 4 pm and covered it in a white shroud on the pier off Avenue U between E. 58th and E. 59th streets until coroners from the Medical Examiners Office arrived more than three hours later, said witnesses.
Nicky Rago, who works at Dolly’s Ice Cream overlooking the marina, heard the furor and went to investigate.
“She was all blown up, like she’d probably been there a while,” he said.
An autopsy didn’t immediately reveal the cause of death and further tests were underway, said Grace Brugess, a spokeswoman for the Medical Examiners Officer, adding that it could be weeks before the final results are in.
The grim haul was an unprecedented one in a quaint marina that’s a favorite with local fisherman, said Phil Cordero, a worker at Corvette’s.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard about anything like that, and I’ve been here 10 years,” he said.
Dolly’s owner Dolly Rago, who has been at her Avenue U location for 20 years, said the frightful find was a first for the close-knit neighborhood.
“It was creepy, you know? it’s never happened before here,” she said.
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