Human head found floating in New York bay could be linked to headless body found in same waters

The city’s medical examiner has ruled the death of Lukasz Mikolajewicz, 46, a suicide  (EPA/Justin Lane)
The city’s medical examiner has ruled the death of Lukasz Mikolajewicz, 46, a suicide (EPA/Justin Lane)

Police in New York City have found a severed head floating in the water, which may belong to a headless body discovered in the same area nearly one month ago.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the head had been spotted by a member of the public around 10.10am on Tuesday near the mouth of the Shellbank Basin in Jamaica Bay, just west of JFK International Airport.

Officers are now investigating whether it belonged to Lukasz Mikolajewicz, 46, whose headless corpse was fished out of the Bay not far away on 12 April.

The city's medical examiner has ruled Mikolajewicz's death a suicide, and the NYPD has described CCTV footage and items found at the scene that appear to back up that conclusion.

Last month, NYPD chief of detectives Joseph Kenny said: "The body that we recovered is headless, but wearing the same clothes as the male that was walking on the bridge."

He added that Mikolajewicz's family members said he had attempted to kill himself four times previously.

The medical examiner will now conduct DNA testing to determine whether the body parts belonged to the same person.

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