Woman reported missing week before burnt body found in Staten Island woods

NEW YORK — New York City police say a 30-year-old woman whose burnt body was found by teenagers in a wooded area of a Staten Island park had been reported missing a week earlier.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Tuesday that investigators were working to figure out what happened after Yelena Rabkina was last seen at her Staten Island home.

Two teenagers found Rabkina’s unclothed and partially decomposed body while walking through Long Pond Park, a 115-acre preserve, on Sunday afternoon.

Shea said an autopsy didn’t reveal a conclusive cause of death. He said there’s no evidence Rabkina was sexually assaulted.

The body had burn marks but wasn’t on fire when police arrived. Shea said investigators found evidence of an accelerant and what appeared to be a piece of a gas can.

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