LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — The body of a teenage boy who was likely killed more than a year ago by members of the MS-13 gang was found Wednesday, Nassau County police said.
A "credible tip" was made Tuesday to officials about a body located on the south side of Glenn Curtiss Boulevard, sources said.
The body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave in the area, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. It is believed to be that of a teenage boy who was likely killed at the location more than a year ago.
The victim's identity and cause of death are not yet known.
MS-13 gang members are believed to be involved, according to Ryder, who did not say why the gang is being implicated.
"We don’t know the identity of the victim until the DNA testing is done and confirmed, then we notify the families, but we do know that the individuals that were responsible for this murder and many of the other murders that we’ve had over the last, again, two years, are MS-13," Ryder said.
Five people likely involved in the killings are already in custody, Ryder said. He would not say if additional people are being sought.
At least 25 bodies have been found on Long Island since January 2016, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. MS-13 has been blamed for all of the deaths.
There are no known murders connected to the MS-13 gang this year in Nassau County, and any people found dead in 2018 were killed in the two years prior, Ryder said Wednesday.
Police have no reason to believe there are more remains buried in Nassau County, Ryder added.
In addition to police work, Long Island officials hope a grant of $8.35 million announced on Tuesday will help combat gang violence.
The money will go to organizations and school districts for job training and placement and for after-school programs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Newsday.