NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Charges are pending against a Queens man as police continue to search for his mother, who has been missing under suspicious circumstances for over a week.
As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported, police closed off part of Flushing Meadows Park where Jewell Ave crosses through it.
Investigators have been searching by air, on the ground with canines and in the water of the Park, but there is still no sign of 58-year-old Lyubov Gorbunova.
Gorbunova’s son Roman Gorgunov, 21, was picked up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn shortly after midnight Friday following a tip.
A police source said Gorgunov has admitted beating his mother with a piece of furniture over and over, before wrapping her in a bag, putting her in a garbage pail on wheels, and then taking her body to a nearby park, following a dispute in which the mother allegedly told her son, “I wish you had never been born,” CBS2’s Steve Langford reported.
Neighbors were still in shock.
“She is an active woman. I don’t know what happened. It’s sad,” one neighbor said.
Charges are pending against Gorgunov who took detectives to Flushing Meadows Park, where he said he left the body of his mother, Langford reported.
Investigators say the same day Lyubov Gorbunova went missing, an Uber driver reported that he dropped off Gorgunov at the park. The driver told investigators that he was carrying bags with a suspicious smell, but by the time police arrived, the son was gone.
Around 5 a.m. the next morning, police say Gorgunov was seen on surveillance video stealing the computer monitor from the security desk in the lobby of their apartment building in Corona. He was arrested, but then released and given a desk appearance ticket.
Four days later, a family friend reported Gorbunova missing.