- A decapitated body also without arms was found on a beach in the Rockaways at Breezy Point Beach just after noon on Friday
- The identity of the body found on Friday will not be released until the family is notified – it is not known whether the body was dumped or had washed up
- The discovery follows the recent disappearance of Ross McDonnell, a 44-year-old Emmy award-winning Irish filmmaker, who went missing from his NY home
An investigation has been launched after a headless body was discovered on a beach in the Rockaways in New York City.
The NYPD were on the scene at Breezy Point Beach just after noon on Friday after reports of human torso came in to 911.
Officers with the 100th Precinct responded to the gruesome sight which saw a human torso with legs still attached but without arms, was found lying on the sand.
The discovery comes only weeks after a talented Irish film maker named Ross McDonnell disappeared from his New York home with his bike later being found at Fort Tilden Beach near Roxbury – just three miles away from Breezy Point Beach.
Emmy award winner McDonnell, 44, was last spotted late on the night of Saturday, November 4 at Fort Tilden Beach near Roxbury, where his bicycle was found locked up three days later.
Earlier this month, friend Gene Gallerano, told The Irish Times that McDonnell appears to have been on the beach but ‘went out into the ocean’ before disappearing.
The identity of the body found on Friday will not be released until the family is notified.
The NYPD has not revealed whether the body had washed up on shore or been dumped on the beach.
The city’s Chief Medical Examiner is now looking to establish the exact cause of death.
McDonnel was last seen at about 8.30pm on November 4.
Originally from Dublin he won an Emmy Award in 2021 for his camera work on the Showtime series The Trade, and had been living in Taaffe Place near DeKalb Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
He had worked extensively across the world including Afghanistan, Ukraine and Mexico and was nominated for another Emmy in 2018 as director of the CNN Films documentary Elián.
Friends have pleaded for his return and started spreading the word on social media including one who described him as a ‘diamond who is in all our hearts’.
‘Ross and I worked together many times,’ wrote Eoin Butler on X, formerly Twitter.
‘He’s been missing for a week. We’ve been given the go ahead to share this image today. Anyone in New York area… please share.’
‘He is an incredible human and his disappearance has caused indescribable anguish amongst his friends and family,’ added Alexander Kellum.
McDonnell’s first feature film, Colony, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and won an Irish Film and Television Award Nomination.
He is also a talented photographer and was shortlisted for the world’s top photography award the Prix Pictet in 2019 for his work on the theme of ‘hope’.
He was wearing a red puffy Northface vest, black Northface backpack, black and white sneakers, and dark colored khaki pants when he disappeared.
The New York Police Department appealed for people who may have found his belongings to get in touch.
‘You are not in trouble if you picked up his belongings, we just want to locate ASAP for clues to his disappearance,’ they said.