As Examiner.com reported, the body of a female teenager was found around 10 p.m. on Aug. 22 on the Mill Pond footbridge – a pedestrian crossway between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.
Police identified the teen Friday afternoon as 18-year-old Lauren Daverin of Lynbrook. She was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. by paramedics and police believe she was the victim of homicide.
The Nassau County medical examiner’s office is expected to perform an autopsy to determine her cause of death.
Police have released few details as to how Daverin died, other than saying that they have classified the case as a homicide. A visible trail of blood was left along the pedestrian walk on Friday after crime scene investigators cleared and reopened the area.
Family members turned to Facebook on Friday establishing a page RIP Lauren Daverin. On the page, Daverin’s sister wrote, “I love you so much and I cant (sic) imagine as I sit here at Mom's that your (sic) not going to walk through the door…Every part of my heart is broken.” A message sent through the Facebook page to family members was not immediately returned.
David Paiz, 14, of Rockville Centre, said he found Daverin’s body on the pedestrian bridge Thursday night.
Paiz said he and a group of friends were hanging out with Daverin earlier in the day before he left to get some dinner nearby. In a local Panera Bread restaurant, he saw one of his other friends who asked him if he had seen Daverin.
“I went back to the bridge to see if any of my friends were still there,” he said in an interview. “I walked over to the end of the bridge and saw something like a body figure.”
Paiz said he approached Daverin’s lifeless body on the bridge and noticed that she was completely naked except for the boots she had been wearing. Her clothing and a pool of blood laid next to her, he said.
The teen said Daverin’s body was oddly placed on the bridge. “She looked like she had been placed there…she was slumped over in a ball.”
“I was pretty shocked. I can’t get the image out of my head.”
As of Friday evening, homicide detectives have not released any additional details. They said they are continuing to investigate the circumstance surrounding the teen’s death.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.