Man in custody after woman’s body found wrapped in tarp and dumped on Flatbush street

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Cops from 70th Precinct investigated a mysterious death on E. 21st Street on April 22.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The body of a woman was found wrapped in a tarp and dumped on a street in Flatbush early Wednesday morning, police say.

A 68-year-old man is being held for questioning at this time, but few details have been released.

The woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was found wrapped in a black and white tarp on E. 21st Street near Ditmas Avenue at about 4 a.m. When police from the 70th Precinct arrived with EMS, they found the woman dead at the scene.

The cause of death was not known at this time, and police are investigating whether the woman had died of natural causes and may have been dumped because the family was unable to afford a funeral home. However, police have not ruled out foul play.

Police viewed building video surveillance and examined a U-Haul truck that was parked near the body, and are continuing to investigate the case.

Residents of the block were shocked by the find.

“This is nerve-wracking for the community. With everything going on, this makes it worse,” said Vivian Lopez, who lives near the crime scene.

“I’m shocked, I can’t believe it. Unusual place for this to happen,” said Clayton Wine, another neighbor.

Cops investigate the scene where the body was found on E. 21st Street.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.