Woman’s burned body found in park near Staten Island school by teens

TOTTENVILLE, Staten Island — Teens found a woman's body in Long Pond Park on Sunday afternoon, an NYPD spokesperson said.

The woman was found inside a wooded area near Bartow Avenue and Eugene Street around 1 p.m. by a 13-year-old boy and his friends, police said. She has not yet been identified. The woman was badly burned and only partially clothed.

“I spoke to detectives to see what was going on and they said the body was there for two weeks,” Ronnie Ribaudo, a neighbor told PIX11. “I told them I saw a white pickup truck, a Cherokee or a Ford Expedition."

Neighbors say the area is usually very quiet. There are a lot of kids who live in the area.

“It’s devastating. It’s sickening to know this is happening here or anywhere,” Josetta Ribaudo, a neighbor, told PIX11. “I feel terrible for the victim and the family."

The medical examiner will determine cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

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