Suspect in murder of woman found butchered in NYC grilled by cops
The man, believed to be victim Brandy Odom’s roommate, was taken into custody at his home on 148th Road near 253rd St. in Rosedale Saturday. No charges were immediately filed.
On April 9, a dog walker found Odom’s head and torso in a wooded area in Canarsie Park — just a few blocks from her relative’s apartment.
Cops recovered the dead woman’s severed limbs in the park following an exhaustive search of the greenspace. A serrated blade, described as a small saw, was also found in a garbage can inside the park, cops said.
A tattoo over Odom’s left breast reading “Chocolate” helped police identify her.
Police believe Odom was dismembered and her remains dumped in the park within 24 hours of her death.
The medical examiner’s office has yet to release an official determination on how Odom died, but police said they’re investigating the case as a homicide.
A funeral for Odom was held Thursday.
On the same day, police admitted that they have not received a single tip on her killing but were charging ahead.
“We have a significant amount of resources assigned to this case and solely to this case,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.
Sources with knowledge of the case said the roommate, who was not immediately named, made incriminating statements about Odom’s disappearance.
Detectives also have recovered video evidence that shows him backing up his car into his driveway and putting large plastic bags — believed to be holding Odom’s dismembered remains — into the trunk.
“Usually he parks head in,” one source said. “But this time he backs up the car into the driveway. That was already suspicious.”
An Emergency Service Unit K-9 cadaver dog sent to the address got a hit on the trunk, sources said.
Cops secured the address and were awaiting warrants to allow them to thoroughly search the apartment Saturday.
Police said that Odom, who aspired to become a city school safety agent, lived there with a couple.