Boy, 17, found dead in Queens park suffered head trauma, was wearing little clothing: sources

Posted at 8:40 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 14:12:11-04

QUEENS — A teenager whose body was discovered by a hiker in a Queens park earlier this week was half naked and face down in a marsh, sources said Friday.

Police identified Andy Peralta, 17, as the boy found dead around 12 p.m. Tuesday by a hiker near 161st Street and Booth Memorial Avenue inside Kissena Park.

Peralta was face down in a marsh and naked, except for pants that were around his ankles, sources tell PIX11.

The boy suffered head trauma and is believed to have died from asphyxiation, sources said.

Officers were called about an unconscious male and arrived to find Peralta unconscious and unresponsive, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peralta had no criminal record, according to police sources.

He lived more than 3 miles from where he was found.