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NORTH BELLMORE, N.Y. (PIX11) — The Newbridge Road ramp leading to the westbound Southern State Parkway is just about a 25 mile drive away from Brownsville, Brooklyn.  This is the spot where New York State Police investigators made a grisly discovery on June 28, 2008:  the dismembered body of Tanya Rush, a 39-year-old mother of three from Brownsville.

“She was a great person, a great human being, and she just didn’t have to go that way,”  her middle daughter, Tamela Turner, said to PIX11 Investigates in a recent interview.

Rush was known as a wonderful caretaker and cook, funny and kind.

She also had fallen into hard times.

By the time Tamela was 13 or so, her mother was badly drug addicted and later turned to prostitution to feed her habit.

“You just can’t look at a period in somebody’s life,” Tamela  said to PIX11.  “That’s not her. I know my mom, the person everybody knows….kind, sweet and funny.”

New York State Police Investigator, Michael O’Sullivan, told PIX11, “We’re not really convinced this happened in the area she lived in.”  He told us it’s possible Rush was picked up in Brooklyn, killed elsewhere, and then dumped in the suitcase by the entrance to the Southern State Parkway in North Bellmore.


The police have pieced together her last movements from about 3 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2008.

Surveillance footage inside the elevator at 345 Livonia Avenue, where Rush lived, shows her in the elevator with a man and a woman.

Another camera shows them leaving a side entrance of the building.

The man walks to the right.  Rush is seen going to the left, toward the street where the elevated train runs.

Police have interviewed many drug dealers that Rush bought narcotics from, and they’ve turned up no leads from them.

They are now appealing to the public for more information.

Robert Keller, director of New York State Crimestoppers, has offered $2,500.00 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the Tanya Rush murder.

People who call get a confidential code number. The NYS Crime Stoppers hotline is 1-866-313-TIPS (8477).

The phone number for the Investigator Michael O’Sullivan at the New York State Police, Troop L, is (631) 756-3300.

Tamela is committed to finding out who killed her mother.  She is currently studying business at Kingsborough Community College and said her mother would want her to move forward.

Her mother’s hard times and gruesome death have taught her some life lessons.

“I don’t think drugs and alcohol solve your problems,” Tamela, now 21, said.  “They just make things worse.”