As the NYPD investigates whether a torso that was discovered in the waters near Red Hook and a leg spotted in the Hudson River on the Upper West Side are from the same body, friends and family of missing NJ woman Jennifer Londono are fearing the worst. They gathered for a vigil Monday night as reports emerged that her blood was found on her boyfriend's bathtub.
"Personally, I won't rest until I hear who did this," a friend told NBC New York.
Londono, 31, managed a bar, Luna Lounge, in Englewood, NJ that opened last month. She was last heard from on June 25, after she closed the bar.
On June 27, police said that a woman's body was found in the area of the Gowanus Bay and Buttermilk Channel. The body was apparently a headless torso, and police released an image of a tattoo, in hopes someone would be able to identify the woman. The mother of a NJ woman came forward two days later, saying it was a tribute to her daughter's late aunt.
The Post identified Londono as a possible victim. A source told the tabloid that police have been questioning her boyfriend, and that there have been "inconsistencies" in his story.
The NYPD has not confirmed the identify of the victim and is continuing their investigation. According to WABC 7, "cadaver dogs" have searched three locations and two vehicles in New Jersey.
"An NYPD dog trained to find evidence located possible traces of blood from a missing New Jersey woman in her boyfriend's bathtub, sources said Monday," according to the Daily News.
Londono's friends held a vigil outside Luna Lounge. Friend Marcela Toro told NBC New York that, "For the past few days, I try to close my eyes every night, just to think that this is a dream and she's gonna come back."
Police are handling the investigation as a homicide. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters that the crime appeared to be intentional. "That could not possibly be an accident," he said.