A dead woman’s tattoo helped Brooklyn police identify her dismembered body that was scattered across a Brooklyn park. A tattoo of the word “chocolate” helped police identify the remains of Brandy Odom, whose naked upper torso and head were discovered by a dog-walker just off a path near E. 86th Street and Seaview Avenue, according to the NY Daily News.
The victim was found face down and partially covered by leaves. It took two days for police to find her arms and legs scattered around the 132-acre park.
Odom, 26, lived with an aunt about 15 blocks from the park. Police released information about the tattoo, and Odom’s relatives went to the 69th Precinct to positively identify her.
According to the Medical Examiner, Odom’s face was bruised and swollen. Her legs were severed just below the buttocks and her arms were chopped off at the elbows.
Her body parts were stuffed inside plastic bags and discarded in the park like trash.
The probable cause of death is strangulation.
Odom was described as an intelligent, sweet girl who had a single arrest for prostitution in 2012.
Police are trying to retrace her activities in the days leading up to her death.