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Missing Queens Woman’s Body Washes Up in Breezy Point

Marisha Cheong

The body of Marisha Cheong, 24, washed ashore on a beach in Queens over the weekend

The body of 24-year-old Marisha Cheong washed up on a beach in Breezy Point, Queens Saturday morning ending what had been an intense search for the woman who had been missing since mid December. Cops say her body had experienced trauma and her hands were tied.

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SOUTH OZONE PARK, QUEENS (PIX11)-  Islamic prayer and words of comfort to the heartsick family during the funeral service for Marisha Cheong.

“She will be ever living in the sense her good qualities her virtuous qualities the good things she has done will be living among the family members,” said family friend Sherry Sewanan.

Mourners, filling a funeral home in Queens, were struggling with the awful circumstances surrounding the death of the 24-year-old Long Island University student.

Friend Sarah Profeta just wants to know why, “I just keep thinking about her, its not fair she was so young and little, why would somebody do that to her.”

Her badly decomposed  body washed up on a  beach in  Breezy Point last Saturday, two months after she went missing.

She was found bound by green rope at the hands and feet, wearing one boot and pajama bottoms.

The medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.

“We all know shes the last person to deserve something like this,” said family member Aundrey Azeez.

Marisha was living with her longtime boyfriend 26-year-old Latchman Balkaran when she disappeared on December 19th.

Close family friends did not expect Balkaran to be here and he wasn’t.

“I think it would be safer for him that he wouldn’t  be here. There’s a lot of hatred and anger in people’s hearts.  And the mom I feel did not want to mourn with him.”

Detectives have questioned Balkaran a couple of times.  He has not been labeled a suspect.

Marisha Cheong’s badly decomposed body washed up on a beach Saturday morning in Breezy Point.  She disappeared two months ago from her apartment in Jamaica Queens,  just days before her favorite holiday – on December 19th.

But there’s a clear rift developing between her family in Valley Stream, Long Island and Latchman Balkaran – the live-in boyfriend who police say saw Cheong last.

“That’s my main agenda now.  Everything in my life is trying to find out who did this. I’m going to find who did this,” Latchman Balkeran told Pix11 News.

Balkaran has been questioned, but not charged and tells us he’s cooperating with detectives trying to solve this case.

When cops pulled Cheong’s body out of the water her hands were tied, she was wearing one boot and pajama bottoms — the apparent victim of foul play.

Beach body

Christine Persaud, who lives across the street in Jamaica, Queens – says the day Cheong disappeared, her boyfriend came to their house.

“The day of she went missing, he came over here for some surveillance – to see if we have surveillance. To see probably if he knows who she went away with – or whatsoever happened,” Persaud told Pix11.

Dow asked if Balkeran appeared to be concerned, or genuine. Persaud replied, “My father was home, but he said he seemed a little worried, including his parents – who came over here.”

But Cheong’s mother believes this is an open and shut case – and believes the boyfriend – Balkeran – is responsible for her murder.

“Whoever did this they have to pay for it. They have to pay for it. “I don’t care what he say. He’s a liar, and he will always be a liar. And they gonna get him. If you have your pajamas on, you’re sleeping. So how she reach where she is. He have to know what he did with her,” Dibi Ali told Pix11.

It could be a case of ‘he said’, ‘she said’, but in this case, the ‘he’ is possibly the last person to see Marisha Cheong, 24, alive before her body washed ashore on a beach in Queens over the weekend, and the ‘she’ in this story is the young woman’s mother, to whom she was very close.  Both he and she have very different stories when it comes to who could be responsible for Cheong’s death.

“That’s my main agenda now,” said Latchman Balkaran, 26, the boyfriend Cheong had lived with in his family’s Jamaica, Queens, home for three years. “Everything in my life is finding who did this.”

Boyfriend of Woman Found Dead

“That’s my main agenda now,” said Latchman Balkaran, 26, the boyfriend Cheong had lived with in his family’s Jamaica, Queens, home for three years. “Everything in my life is finding who did this.”

But Cheong’s mother said that she knows who killed her daughter, and if Balkaran doesn’t know, he’s deceiving himself and the world.  “I don’t care what he says,” Bibi Ali, 48, told PIX11 News.  “He’s a liar and he’s always going to be a liar. They’re going to get him.”

The contrast was stark between the mother and the boyfriend of the young woman whose badly decomposed body washed ashore on a beach on Bayside Avenue in Breezy Point around 8:00 A.M. Saturday.  The young woman who loved all things Christmas was last seen alive December 19th, less than a week before her favorite holiday.  Two months later her body was found with her hands tied, wearing one shoe, and pajama bottoms.

Marisha Cheong

The body of Marisha Cheong, 24, washed ashore on a beach in Queens over the weekend

“If you have your pajamas on, your’e sleeping,” Ali said.  “He’s the one who put her there.”

“We don’t know what happened,” Cheong’s boyfriend, Balkaran, told PIX11 News.  “There are a lot of strange things, and [police] are working on finding out, putting the pieces together.”

He said that he had been in contact with police since a passerby discovered his girlfriend’s body Saturday, and that most of his interactions with investigators were similar to those he’d had since Cheong disappeared at Christmastime — working with detectives to help crack the case.

He also made a request, though, that proved to be somewhat puzzling.  “I just ask that everyone respect both of our famil[ies],” Balkaran said, “And give them the privacy that they need.”

However, at his girlfriend’s family’s home a half hour away in Valley Stream, they wanted to speak with PIX11 News, in a quest for justice.  “Whoever did this, they have to pay,” Cheong’s mother said.

Dead Woman's Mother

“I’m convinced it’s him,” Bibi Ali said of her dead daughter’s boyfriend.

She asked that anybody with information contact police.  She said the information would help to convict Balkaran and bring him to justice.  “Put me at ease,” she pleaded with potential witnesses.

For his part, Balkaran also said he was not resting easy until the killer is caught, and was stunned at the latest developments.  “I can’t believe this is real.  I can’t.”

“I’m trying to stay strong for my family and Marisha’s family,” he said.  Her family, however, made very clear that they want nothing to do with him.

“I’m convinced it’s him,”  Bibi Ali said.

It’s something no mother should have to endure. Her daughter disappears for months only to be found dead.

The body of 24-year-old Marisha Cheong washed up on a beach in Breezy Point, Queens Saturday morning ending what had been an intense search for the woman who had been missing since mid December. Cops say her body had experienced trauma and her hands were tied.

All along investigators thought she did not disappear on her own.  Cheong who lived with her boyfriend in Jamaica, Queens was last seen on December 19th.

She was supposed to meet him at a subway stop but never showed up.  In a strange twist friends and her mother received text messages from her phone the day after she disappeared but they say the messages were written with language that appeared different than the missing woman’s normal type of text.

Her boyfriend has denied having any involvement in her disappearance but published reports now say he has been taken into police custody.  The N.Y.P.D. has not confirmed the man is in custody.

The medical examiner  will determine the exact cause of death.  The investigation is continuing.

BREEZY POINT, QUEENS (PIX11)- Cops are trying to identify the body of a woman that washed up on shore in Breezy Point, Queens.

The body was discovered Saturday morning by a passerby.

Authorities say the woman is badly decomposed and only part of her skull was found.

So far they do not believe any foul play was involved.

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