The New York State Police at Troop K Headquarters, Poughkeepsie, NY are investigating a Homicide in the Town of Lagrange. On 06/12/11 at approximately 5:15am, Dutchess County 911 dispatched the Lagrange Fire Department to a brush fire at James Baird Park in the Town of Lagrange. The fire was located on the east side of the park near the Taconic State Parkway entrance. While extinguishing the fire, responding fire personnel observed a badly burned and unrecognizable human body. The investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the New York State Park Police, the Dutchess County District Attorneys Office and the Dutchess County Medical Examiners Office. Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is urged to call the New York State Police at (845)-677-7300.
Female body found on fire in James Baird State Park
“The only vehicle we have a description for is a silver four-door sedan, possibly a Japanese make or model, that was last seen at about 5:10 a.m. leaving the park,” Vescio said.
Vescio said state police were looking into the possibility that the vehicle may have been seen on cameras at the park. Park officials were not available for comment Sunday.
Police are not going to disclose the cause of death at this time due to the ongoing criminal investigation, the release said, but they are asking the community to assist them with identifying this female victim.
The description follows: Light skin black or Hispanic female, approximate age is estimated at late teens to early 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 150 pounds with a distinguishing tattoo on her lower back. She was wearing blue jeans, black flat shoes with beads and a green shirt.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact the New York State Police at 845-677-7300. Police have a photo of the tattoo available.