first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have linked an unidentified woman’s torso found 19 years ago in Rockville Centre with skeletal remains discovered on Ocean Parkway amid the Long Island Serial Killer investigation, the Press has learned.Nassau County and New York State investigators reported that DNA evidence confirmed partial skeletal remains found in the brush near Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park in 2011 belong to an unidentified woman whose torso was found in Hempstead Lake State Park in 1997. Investigators have said the Jones Beach remains, which authorities had dubbed Jane Doe No. 3, was determined via DNA evidence to be the mother of Baby Doe, a toddler whose skeletal remains were found east of Cedar Beach on April 4, 2011.“They call her ‘Peaches,’ Eric Smith, a forensic medical investigator in the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, previously told the Press, referring to the torso that had a bitten heart-shaped tattoo of a peach with green leaves on top and droplets below it on her left breast. When asked Tuesday how the connection helps the case, Smith said: “Each additional piece of information helps in getting an identification.”The revelation—which comes on the week of the sixth anniversary of police discovering the first of 10 sets of remains in the Long Island Serial Killer (LISK) case—means that Peaches is Baby Doe’s mother, although both remain unidentified. It’s also the biggest revelation in the case in years—indicating that the mother and child were either slain by the still-at-large serial killer responsible for the Gilgo Beach murders or died at the hands of another assailant that used the same dumping grounds as LISK.Related Story: Did Police Name A Suspect in The Long Island Serial Killer Case?A hiker found Peaches’ remains stuffed in a black plastic bag inside a green Rubbermaid container in a wooded area of the park off Park Drive in Rockville Centre on June 28, 1997. A maroon towel and a dark-colored apparent pillow case adorned with flowers were found with the torso. Investigators said that Peaches was black, between 20 and 30 years old and had a surgical scar indicating that she had a Cesarean section, but her head and some of her limbs have yet to be recovered.“Somewhere out there she has a child, and at this point, that child is at least 13 years old,” then-Nassau Homicide Squad Lt. William Brosnan, who has since retired, told the Press in 2010, a year before Peaches’ child was found dead on Ocean Parkway. A police spokesman declined to comment on the news, citing the ongoing investigation.Since Peaches’ skull has yet to be found, investigators have not been able to put together a composite sketch of what she looked like. But her case had aired on America’s Most Wanted and her tattoo was published in a tattoo magazine, which prompted a tip from a Connecticut tattoo artist, the ex-detective had said. The artist recalled that Peaches was visiting from LI with her aunt and cousin and mentioned having boyfriend trouble, Brosnan had said.Both the extremities discovered at Jones Beach and Baby Doe were found with similar gold jewelry. The skeletal remains of Baby Doe—estimated to be between 1 and 4 years old—were found wrapped in a blanket with a 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings. The Jones Beach extremities had two gold bracelets.Related Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Long Island Serial Killer CaseSuffolk police and prosecutors said in 2011 that they were unsure of Baby Doe’s cause of death. This week, police told the Press that her death has been ruled a homicide. Suffolk authorities had also said that they believed the child was a girl, but records show county medical examiners listed Baby Doe’s gender as “unsure.”Investigators revealed the link between Peaches and Baby Doe in a recently updated case file listed in NamUs, a federal database used to help identify Jane and John Does nationwide. The case file was updated following inquiries from Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills, filmmakers who produced The Killing Season, a docu-series about LISK and similar cases nationwide that recently aired on A&E. The duo, who produced a bonus video about Peaches in which they interviewed her tattoo artist, said they hope the new info will help both investigators and the Websleuths community crack the case.“I think in so many ways this changes the case quite considerably,” said Zeman, who provided emails showing that he asked the Nassau medical examiners office to update NamUs with more information on Jane Doe No. 3 days before the case file was clarified. “While it provides some clarity, it also deepens the mystery of the Long Island Serial Killer case.”Mills noted that Peaches is the only victim found on Ocean Parkway who’s identified in NamUs as African American. She also noted that while Peaches’ torso and extremities were found 15 miles apart, the mother and child were discovered nearly 10 miles apart on Ocean Parkway and the tot was dumped about 150 feet from another unidentified victim dubbed Jane Doe No. 6.Mills and Zeman additionally share the Press‘ observation that the conditions of Peaches’ remains and the method in which she was dumped most closely resemble the plight of Jane Doe No. 6 and Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-old sex worker. Taylor’s decapitated and handless torso was discovered in Manorville in ’03, three years after Jane Doe No. 6 was found in similar condition a quarter mile away. Both of their skulls and limbs were found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 during a massive search sparked by the May 2010 disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, another sex worker who was found dead in Oak Beach.Authorities have said that two or more killers have used Ocean Parkway as a dumping ground. One killer is believed to be responsible for four female sex workers found dead in Gilgo Beach in December 2010 and another is suspected of killing Taylor and Jane Doe No. 6, according to Suffolk prosecutors. Whether another killer or killers are responsible for the other four victims—including Peaches and Baby Doe—remains to be seen.The remaining two sets of remains found on Ocean Parkway in ’11 include an Asian man wearing women’s clothing dubbed John Doe No. 8—the only man among the group—and the skull of Fire Island Jane Doe, whose severed legs were found in Blue Point Beach, just west of Davis Park, in ’96. Police have said they suspect Gilbert drowned, although her family believes she was murdered.No arrests have been made and police have not named a suspect in any of the cases.Top: A 16-inch gold-colored chain and two gold-colored hoop earrings found on Baby Doe. 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first_imgThe bond between sisters is one of the strongest that can be found in human nature. For the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, the bond between redshirt junior forward Michala Johnson and her younger sister, freshman forward Malayna Johnson, has helped on and off the court. It played a large role two years ago when one of them got the other to come to Wisconsin, and it has improved both of their games on the court and their relationship off the court.Hailing from Bellwood, Ill., a town about 13 miles outside of downtown Chicago, the Johnson sisters took very different paths to get to Madison. Coming out of high school, Michala was a blue-chip prospect who committed to play her collegiate career at powerhouse Connecticut. However, following two seasons in which she averaged just 5.1 minutes per game and wanting to play closer to home, Michala decided to transfer.While Michala was deciding between schools to transfer to, Malayna had already committed to play for the Badgers and head coach Bobbie Kelsey. ESPN gave her a score of 91 out of 100 coming out of high school, making Malayna yet another blue-chip in the Johnson family.And in a bit of a role reversal, the younger Malayna played the role of recruiter, trying to bring Michala’s talents to Madison two years ago.“I committed [to Wisconsin] first, before [Michala] even thought about coming here,” Malayna said. “I like the campus, I like the coaches. I didn’t mind if Michala came here at all. So when she decided to transfer I told her, ‘What about Wisconsin? That would be cool if we got to play together.’”Michala wasn’t originally going to come to Madison, and told Malayna that she would stay away if she didn’t want her on the same team.“I wasn’t going to come [to Wisconsin] because Malayna was here,” Michala said. “I told her if you want me to come, I’ll come, but if not I’ll go somewhere else. In high school and AAU we played on the same team and we had the same coaches and they would always compare us two. They would tell her that she needs to do what your older sister is doing. And I said if you don’t want that again, I’ll go somewhere else, but then she said she wanted me to come with her.”Luckily for Kelsey and the rest of the Badger team, Michala joined her sister and chose Wisconsin.Michala currently leads the Badgers in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game (6th in the Big Ten) while ranking second on the team with 7.3 rebounds (10th in the Big Ten). Her 55.1 field-goal percentage is also a team-high and good for third best in the conference. Michala’s 6-foot-3 height has wreaked havoc in the post for opposing teams as they usually employ a double-team simply to contain her. She has been instrumental in helping Wisconsin match last year’s win total in Big Ten play.Malayna hasn’t had the impact that her older sister has, but it would be hard to match those numbers as just a freshman. Yet her playing time has increased in Big Ten play, as she now averages 6.1 minutes per game with even more playing time on the horizon.She stands an inch taller than Michala at 6-foot-4, which is what drew Kelsey’s attention to her while Malayna was in high school.“Well she’s 6-4, so it’s not hard to understand how she can affect the game,” Kelsey said. “She can change and alter shots. Other than that she’s smart, she picks up plays and schemes really well.”“Now that [Malayna’s] been here long enough she can understand the basketball language,” Kelsey added. “She’s just finding herself out there more. So we’ll get her more minutes.”What might be the most important thing, for the two sisters that is, is the ability to be with each other almost every day. Although they may not be attached at the hip, a bond between the two certainly exists that translates to the court.Whether it’s watching each other to improve their own games, teaching one another on and off the court, or simply lending a helping hand, the sisterly bond is evident in the Johnsons’ play.“We’re best friends,” Malayna said. “We hang out a lot, even at home. Our mom raised us to be best friends. Since we’re close off the court, we kind of have a vibe on the court too.”“I’ve always tried to help her as best as I could,” Michala said. “She listens to me sometimes, but I can tell that now she’s gotten into college and started playing basketball she now understands what I’ve been telling her for a long time. But she’s stepped a lot. I mean she’s the only freshman that’s playing right now so she’s improved a lot.”“On the court she knows my voice,” Michala added. “She knows I’ll be there to help her if she needs help with a double-team or anything like that.”Next season could feature an all-Johnson front line for the Badgers but until then, they’ll continue to learn from one another. And although Malayna has improved this season with Michala’s help, there is little doubt as to which of the two sisters would win in a game of one-on-one against each other.“Me,” Michala said. “Most definitely. Without a doubt. Every time.”last_img read more


first_imgGlengoole United hosted Clonmel Celtic, the full-time result was Glengoole 1 Clonmel 5.That result puts Kenny O’Shea Celtic side top of the Premier Division League on 29 points with three games at hand. In the South Tipp Premier League Clonmel Town took on St Michaels this afternoon. That game finished Clonmel Town 2-3 St Michaels.  Carrick United have beaten Newmarket Celtic by three goals to nil to reach the final of this year’s competition. They’ll play Tralee in the final.last_img read more