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Body found in woods believed to be missing 21-year-old Long Island mom

On Friday, June 6, 21-year-old Sarah P. Goode, a young mom from Medford, N.Y. went to visit friends and watch TV - and afterwards was never seen or heard from again. Her family reported her missing on Sunday, June 8. The following day, Sarah’s car was discovered only about a mile from her Long Island home. From the outset, police believed her disappearance to be suspicious, according to Newsday. By the following Monday, friends, family, neighbors and the Suffolk County Police had initiated an all-out search for the missing woman, especially in a wooded area near where her car was found.

Sarah Goode was missing less than a week before the body and a fair amount of clues and evidence were recovered in a wooded area not far from her home.
Sarah Goode was missing less than a week before the body and a fair amount of clues and evidence were recovered in a wooded area not far from her home. Suffolk County Police

On June 13, The Daily News reported that the body of a woman was found in the Medford woods on Thursday by a search party comprised of 40 - 60 concerned citizens. Police say that the body was found only about a mile from where Goode’s car had been found abandoned. Although police are not confirming that the remains are those of the missing mom, family members say it’s her.

The remains are now in the care of a medical examiner trying to determine cause of death. Police are now investigating the case as a homicide. Speaking for Goode’s family, one family member, Joseph Miller, told reporters, “I feel horrible for them and her 4-year-old daughter.”

“She loved her daughter so much, I know that.”

In a separate June 13 report, Newsday reported that a spokesperson for the police said that investigators spent about 24 hours searching for and collecting evidence in the dense Medford woods where the remains were discovered. Due to the damp conditions in the tick-infested woodlands, police say that the body they recovered had already decomposed "substantially.” Police are also looking into the possibility that Goode may have died as the result of a domestic violence episode “involving someone she knew that ended in her death.”

Investigators have collected evidence -- including blood -- from inside and around the car, on which forensic testing is still being done. One possibility police are investigating is whether Goode was physically assaulted in or near the car, killed and left in the woods by her attacker.

Kirstin Berkowitz, the mother of the missing and now believed deceased medical technician and graduate of Longwood High School issued a plea for her daughter’s killer to come forward and surrender to authorities. "Just turn yourself in and confess to this horrible thing you did," said Goode's mom.

"I hope you have the worst guilty conscience. How can you be so cruel?"

One day following the discovery of the remains believed to belong to the missing mom, a link to the Facebook page Bring Home Sarah Patricia Goode included a link to help raise money to cover the cost of Goode’s funeral and burial. Anyone with any information regarding Goode’s case is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.