16 February 2021

Major George J. Mohl
Troop L Commander




Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate a 28-year-old homicide in Nassau County

On September 10, 1989, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the body of a Hispanic female was found along the Meadowbrook State Parkway in the town of Hempstead.

The remains were located on the right shoulder of the Meadowbrook State Parkway, southbound, about half of a mile south of Merrick Road. The body was reported by a passerby, who had stopped on the shoulder of the Meadowbrook State Parkway and observed what appeared to be a corpse. An investigation determined the woman was the victim of a homicide and had a towel and rope tied around her neck. 

The victim was identified as Carmen Vargas, 29, of New York, New York.  An investigation determined the woman was the victim of a homicide and had her legs tied at her ankles along with a towel secured around her neck with a rope tied around her neck. Vargas was approximately 5’1”, 105 pounds, with a thin build, with black hair and brown eyes.  The victim was found wearing a mini-skirt and a tank top.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is requested to contact Troop L SP Farmingdale at (631)756-3300.   

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