Mystery deepens over body found floating in bay

A grisly mystery surfaced just outside of Manhattan Beach on May 21 — the remains of an apparent murder victim left to rot in a watery grave with five-pound weights tied to his wrists and ankles.

But what was more perplexing by late Monday was that cops had not determined that the 6-foot-2, 240-pound grey-haired white male found floating in the bay off Shore Boulevard near Exeter Street was murdered, although the weights make it clear that he was dumped, according to police sources.

Manhattan Beach was awash with police vehicles beginning just before 8 pm Friday when the body was seen bobbing in the waves.

No gunshot wounds or stab wounds were found on the man, who’s identity has not been determined.

An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, pending further tests, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s Medical Examiner’s office.

Also unclear was just how long the body was in the water before it was discovered.

If this incident is ultimately declared a homicide, it will be the third to take place in the 61st Precinct since the beginning of the year.

A week earlier, 20-year-old Amahal Lynch was arrested for killing both his ex-girlfriend and the woman’s daughter in the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611 or the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.