MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating the mysterious death of a woman whose body was found outside of a vacant Long Island home on Valentine’s Day.
Irene Luetje, 60, of North Massapequa, was found dead more than a month after she disappeared.
“It’s been racing through my head for two months now,” the victim’s brother, Eugene Snow, told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider on Wednesday night. “Everyone’s been trying to figure it out; trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.”
Her body was found by contractors in the front yard of a Sandy-damaged home on Ocean Avenue about five miles away from her own studio apartment around 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, police said.
“I looked up, saw knees, shoes, and then I saw the body,” the contractor said.
“She was a good woman. It shouldn’t have happened this way. We wanted her home safely, not the way she’s coming home,” the victim’s sister, Lorraine Hauser, told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.
When Luetje’s body was found, it was severely decomposed, making a conclusive autopsy difficult. But police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.