A Long Beach man was arrested Saturday and stands accused of brutally murdering a Lynbrook teenager and leaving her naked and bloodied body on a Rockville Centre pedestrian bridge, Nassau County police said.
Maxwell Sherman, 18, of 21 Louisiana St., was arraigned Aug. 25 on a second-degree murder charge at First District Court in Central Islip. He was ordered remanded to jail without bail.
Sherman was charged in connection with the death of 18-year-old Lauren Daverin of Lynbrook. Her body was discovered Thursday night on the Mill Pond footbridge – a pedestrian crossing between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.
Friends of Daverin said she was hanging out with a group of teens on the bridge earlier Thursday evening. Her body was found around 10 p.m. by 14-year-old David Paiz, who was one of the teens with Daverin earlier in the day.
In an interview, Paiz said he left the group to get dinner at a local restaurant and returned to find Daverin’s body.
“I walked back to the bridge to see if any of my friends were still there…I walked over to the end of the bridge and saw something like a body figure,” he said. As he walked closer, he found the teen dead, stripped completely naked except for her boots and lying with her clothing in a blood-soaked ball next to her lifeless body.
An eyewitness told Examiner.com that Sherman may have been the last person to see Daverin before her body was discovered.
Homicide detectives have remained tight-lipped about the case and have released few details. In court documents, police said Sherman had strangled Daverin to death. The motive is still unclear.
Sherman was represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on individual cases. Daverin’s family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.