BY LUIS GRONDA
A young man was found dead in Forest Park last week and investigators are not yet sure what the causes were.
The body of Diego Pierdrahita, a 23-year-old man who lived in Flushing, was discovered last week in a wooded area in Forest Park near the abandoned rail road tracks.
According to police, his body was found around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. They said two joggers running in the park discovered his body after finding blood and then followed the trail to Pierdrahita’s corpse.
The exact cause of death is not yet known, but there was a bloody tree limb found at the scene, according to police. Pierdrahita suffered head trauma, they added.
Law enforcement later a released a photo of a man, Zoltan Forai, who is wanted for questioning in relation to the case.
Police sources said Pierdrahita’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
When asked to discuss the incident at last week’s Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Meeting, 102th Precinct community affairs officer Jose Severino said the incident is part of a series of high-profile crimes that here hit the 102th Precinct recently.
Severino said crime in the 102th is down overall, about 10 percent so far this year according to the officer, there seems to be crime occurring in the precinct that garners a lot of media attention.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on and every time you look it comes back to the 102th Precinct, and unfortunately most of it falls in Woodhaven,” he said. “I understand your frustrations and you’re probably wondering what’s going on. We have leads on most of these crimes. It’s just a bad wave right now.”
Other recent incidents that have gotten attention was a shooting earlier this month at Jamaica Avenue and 89th Street. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and later released, according to law enforcement.
At last week’s Community Board 9 meeting, police Capt. Danielle Raia said they identified two groups in that incident, without providing more details to the public.
If you have more information regarding either incident, please contact Crime stoppers at Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.