The dismembered remains of a young woman found at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn have been identified as 26-year-old Brandy Odom. A dog walker discovered her on Monday—naked and without arms or legs, reports CBS New York.
Her arms and legs were located nearby in plastic bags by investigators.
Odom's family and friends are in disbelief as authorities hunt for a killer.
“I don’t know who could possibly want to hurt her the way they hurt her, because this was brutal what they did to my kid,” Odom's mother, Nicole, said Wednesday night to CBS2. “I’m still in a state of shock. I’m still not really believing that I just went and ID’d my daughter today.”
Nicole Odom says that she had no idea that her daughter was in trouble until she saw a news report that the unidentified body in the park had a unique tattoo—of the word "Chocolate"—similar to her daughter's. That tattoo can be seen in the photograph above.
“I said, I’m going to the precinct to make sure that this is not my kid,” she said. “It was my kid. It was my Chocolate,” she said to the New York Times.
Investigators determined that Odom’s limbs were cut off after she had been killed, a city official said per the New York Times. But the medical examiner has not said the manner of death.
A Brooklyn native, Brandy Odom was a former security guard who had just passed the exam to become a city school safety agent. Nicole Odom remembers that the last time she spoke to her daughter, they had shared the news that she would be interviewed for the school safety job.
Neighbor Madonna Alfred remembers Odom as an ambitious woman. “She wanted to work and take care of herself.” She told The Times she was unaware of Odom having any regular boyfriends.
“I don’t know of her having any enemies,” Nicole Odom said to the New York Daily News. “I don’t know who could have possibly wanted to do this. Brandy was a joyful child.
No arrests have been made but a $2,500 reward is being offered in the case.