Body found in Harlem may be that of retired nurse killed allegedly by nephew

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HARLEM, Manhattan — A body found decomposing in a red suitcase in Harlem may be that of a retired nurse killed allegedly by her ex-convict nephew, police and law enforcement sources said Tuesday.

Detectives made the grisly discovery about 7:30 p.m. Monday outside 159-38 Harlem River Dr., the location of NYCHA's Rangel Houses.

Decomposing and partially buried human remains were found stuffed in a red suitcase, law enforcement source said. A shopping cart found nearby matched the description Andros Topping gave investigators of the tool he allegedly used to get rid of the body, the source said.

The city's Medical Examiner identify whether the remains belong to Patricia Myers. The 69-year-old retired nurse vanished April 27 near her home in the Bronx. Weeks later, her nephew Toppings was arrested in her disappearance and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, though Myers' body had not been found yet.

Nine days before his aunt went missing, Toppings was released from behind bars after being convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and second-degree assault, according to inmate records. Previously he had been jailed on second-degree robbery charges and released in 2002.

Topping last reported to his parole officer on April 27 -- the date Myers was last seen, according to New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision officials. A warrant was issued for his arrest this week after he missed another scheduled parole appointment, the official said.