Investigators said the grisly discovery was made at 7:58 a.m. on Aug. 27, when a fisherman noticed a body floating in the water just west of Beaver Drive in Mastic Beach. The marshy area serves as a popular spot for local residents to enjoy the serene waterfront.
Monday afternoon, police identified the woman as 63-year-old Dianne Ross, a resident of Mastic Beach. Law enforcement officials said Ross had been reported missing on Monday by her husband.
Homicide detectives are now investigating to figure out exactly what happened.
An autopsy is expected to be performed Wednesday by the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office to determine her cause of death.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.