Update: Police say 'nothing suspicious' about found body in Bre...
#1 Jul 23, 2008
Perhaps it's the result of an anxiety.
#2 Jul 23, 2008
BREWSTER - The body found in the woods behind the Garden Street School last weekend is that of an Hispanic man thought to be 45 to 55 years old, state police said yesterday.
An autopsy performed Monday at Putnam Hospital Center showed no apparent signs of foul play, said Investigator Mary Cheslo of the state police in Brewster.
She said the investigation was continuing in an effort to determine the man's identity and cause of death.
The body was discovered around 3 p.m. Sunday by a man walking in the woods.
Brewster village and state police responded to the scene off Oak Street. An investigation at the scene revealed no signs of foul play, Cheslo said. Police said the man had likely been dead three to four days.
He was wearing a white baseball cap with no logo, a blue-striped dress shirt, black jeans and tan work boots, but had no identification.
Temporary shelters and campsites believed to be homes for day laborers in the country illegally have been found in the woods behind the Garden Street School in recent years, prompting concern from parents and others.
In 2006, eight Guatemalan men were arrested on school grounds while playing soccer. They admitted to being in the country illegally and at least one was deported.
Dozens of men gather on Brewster's Main Street each morning waiting for contractors to pick them up for a day's work. But many end up camping in the woods because they can't afford to pay rent. The encampments have been a concern for Brewster and other communities with large numbers of day laborers.
In 2006, two men living in the woods behind the Brewster train station drowned a third man in the Croton River after an argument while drinking. All three were in the country illegally. Each man wassentenced to 15 years to life.
Last year, Southeast town officials fined the owners of the woods off Argonne Road for not cleaning up an area where day laborers had established an elaborate encampment.
Putnam deputies have previously patrolled the woods behind Garden Street School and ordered men who set up camp to move on, advising them of the law and warning they would be arrested for a subsequent offense.
#3 Jul 23, 2008
If all this is true, why can't the News-Times get it?
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