Woman’s torso found in Canarsie Park

Gruesome: Police investigate the discovery of a dismembered body in Canarsie Park near Seaview Avenue and E. 86th Street on April 9.
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Police are investigating the discovery of a dismembered body in Canarsie Park on April 9.

One local who was walking his dog near the corpse said that because it was small and lacked arms and legs, he didn’t think it was human.

“I thought it was a doll,” said Robert Clouden, of Canarsie, who saw in the morning what police later identified as a dead body. “The torso was very small, and I didn’t see any limbs. I thought it was a doll someone discarded.”

The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Brandy Odom of Canarsie

Police responded to a 911 call at 6:10 pm from a passerby reporting the body in the park near Seaview Avenue and E. 86th Street. Odom’s partly covered torso was found to be dismembered, according to a police spokeswoman.

“The arms and legs were missing,” said the spokeswoman, adding that the limbs have not been located since. “She was nude, face down, partially covered by branches and leaves.”

The case is under investigation by police and the medical examiner has not yet determined a cause of death as of April 10. There have not yet been any arrests, according to the spokeswoman.

The autopsy could be more complex due to the missing limbs and possible decomposition of the body, which may require investigators to look at the bone matter in the absence of a full body, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

The joggers, walkers, dog owners and other Brooklynites who frequent Canarsie Park are shaken up by the whole ordeal, according to Clouden, who noted many women use the park.

“People feel very stressed about the situation,” he said. “They’re sorry for the person and also feel for their own safety.”

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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