Police on Long Island say they have recovered the body of a MS-13 gang victim who was buried in a shallow grave over two years ago.
Newsday reports that detectives unearthed the body in the heavily wooded Massapequa Preserve on Friday.
The body has not been identified, but police say the victim is one of 11 people killed by MS-13 gang members in 2016.
Cops said the victim was killed in 2016 in the Massapequa Preserve on the south shore of Nassau County after being lured there by the gang. The notorious MS-13 gang has been singled out by President Trump for its wanton brutality, which has led to a series of crackdowns by law enforcement on the federal and local levels.
“We’re here on a beautiful day on the holiday weekend for yet another gruesome discovery,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Signas said at a news conference.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says authorities have combed the park more than a dozen times searching for human remains.
Ryder says the detectives found the unidentified body Friday after police dogs pointed to an indentation in the ground.
“This war if you will that took place in ’16 and ’17, we recovered close to 11 victims, all, most buried in shallow graves throughout Nassau County,” Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.
Homicide detectives said they know the identities of the latest victim — and the killers. Those names weren’t released Saturday. No arrests have been announced.
The body was found near where police found the remains of 18-year-old Julio Espantzay-Gonzalez in 2017. Three reputed MS-13 members have been charged in Espantzay-Gonzalez’s death.