UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police on Long Island say human remains found in Uniondale Wednesday belong to a young man they believe was killed by members of the MS-13 gang.
According to authorities in Nassau County, police were tipped off to the location of the body on Tuesday and began searching an area east of Kellenberg Memorial High School.
The search began around 8 a.m. Wednesday and uncovered the young man’s remains, who Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced was in his “late teenage years.”
Commissioner Ryder added that the victim was allegedly murdered over one year ago and the killing appears to be connected to the violent gang which has been linked to several crimes in the area. The body will undergo DNA testing and has not been identified yet.
Authorities say five suspects they’ve connected to the investigation are already in custody for previous crimes the MS-13 gang has been charged with on Long Island.