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Body Found In Suitcase Near Famed Harlem Eatery Rao’s

Police Seek Man Seen In Surveillance Video For Questioning In Woman's Death
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NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) – The body of a woman has been discovered strangled, stuffed inside a suitcase outside an East Harlem building, down the street from one of the city’s famous Italian eateries.

A spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said Wednesday afternoon that her death had been ruled a homicide. The cause of death was neck compression.

Late Wednesday, police released video surveillance of a man they said they wanted to question in the woman’s death.

Police said a passer-by rummaging through the trash outside the building on East 114th Street found the suitcase and called 911. Officers responded shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The building is about a block away from Rao’s Restaurant, a notable eatery in the neighborhood.

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones gets latest details on the case.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the unidentified black woman was in her 20s or 30s and appeared to have a head injury. She was dressed.

Police have made no arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

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