LONG ISLAND — Investigators asked for the public’s help Tuesday to identify two bodies found in Suffolk County, one along a bike path and another inside a tent.
The gruesome discoveries, which happened in the past four months, do not appear to be related.
In the first case, a woman’s remains were found March 22 on the Greenway Bicycle Path in East Setauket, according to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers. Investigators believe the remains had been there for about a year.
The victim is described as a white or Hispanic female between 30 and 50 years old, and 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. She had “poor dental work,” officials said.
About 16 miles south, on the other side of the island in East Patchogue, a man’s body was found July 30, police said. His remains were discovered in a beige Kelty tent in the woods northeast of Swan Lake Drive and Franklin Street.
The deceased man, aged between 45 and 60, is described as having a thin build and standing 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall. He’d been living in the wooded area for at least a year before his death and was frequently seen riding a bicycling, often while wearing a red bandana. His death has been ruled non-criminal, police said.
A composite sketch of the female victim was released Tuesday. No photo or sketch of the man found in the tent was released.
Both cases are being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and are connected to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, or to the police homicide squad at 631-852-6382.