Homicide detectives are working to identify the body of a woman found late Monday night inside a car belonging to a Syosset college student who was reported missing by her family, according to police and a March 11 WPIX-TV report.
For several weeks, investigators have been working to find 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph, who police said was last seen on Feb. 24 leaving her home in Syosset in a 2012 gray Nissan Altima.
Nassau County police officers found the vehicle late Monday in the parking lot of the Syosset Plaza off Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. A police spokesman confirmed on Tuesday that a woman’s body was found inside the car.
Homicide detectives are working to confirm the identity of the woman found dead in the vehicle. Police said no official identification was made, as of Tuesday afternoon.
When she vanished, Joseph told her family she was going to class at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. In a news release about her disappearance, investigators said Joseph called her parents around 5 p.m. that night and said she was studying at the college library. Family members have not heard from Joseph since then.
The university later released a statement, saying in part that Joseph had not been enrolled in classes for several months. “The young woman has not been a student enrolled at NYIT since May 2013,” a statement said. “Our thoughts are with her loved ones.”
Police said their investigation is still ongoing. Investigators are expected to provide more information at a news conference later Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau Missing Persons Squad detectives at 516-573-7347.