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Body found on Long Island near missing woman’s car

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A group of volunteers searching for a missing mother on Long Island stumbled upon a body matching the woman’s description on Thursday, but police say they have not yet positively confirmed the woman’s identity.

Suffolk County Police say they received a 911 call shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday reporting that a body was found in the woods in a residential neighborhood in Medford. Community volunteers who were searching for Sarah Goode, a missing single mother from Medford, made the grisly discovery, cops said. The search group, comprised of about 40 of Goode’s friends and relatives, was canvassing the neighborhood when they found the body in a densely wooded area off Camden Court in Medford, homicide detectives said.

Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, the commanding officer of the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad said the body was found “in close proximity” to where investigators found Goode’s 1999 BMW on Sunday. The vehicle was found on nearby Fire Avenue. Police have said Goode disappeared under “suspicious circumstances.”

“We’re conducting it as a homicide investigation,” Beyrer said during a news conference Thursday night. Speaking just a few hundred yards from where the body was found, the homicide investigator said police were not ready to make a positive identification on the remains. He said a formal identification will be made after the medical examiner determined a cause of death. Beyrer declined to say whether there any obvious signs of trauma.

Much of a quiet residential community was cordoned off by police crime scene tape Thursday night into Friday. Forensic and crime scene investigators were seen collecting evidence and examining the area late Thursday night. A Suffolk County police spokesman said Friday evening that there were no new developments in the case.

Police said Goode was last seen watching a movie on TV with a few friends Friday night. Her older sister called police Sunday night saying the normally close-knit family hadn’t heard from the medical technician for two days. Police then began to canvass the neighborhood looking for Goode – who has a 4-year-old daughter – and found her car abandoned about an hour after receiving the missing person report. Detectives have said she disappeared under “suspicious” circumstances.

Mike Balsamo contributed to this report.