NYPD officers identify 2015 Brooklyn murder victim with Monique’s tattoo using family DNA

When the mangled corpse of a woman was dumped near Coney Island eight years ago, the cops strained to make out the only cryptic clue: seven letters inked on the victim’s discolored calf, apparently meaning Monique.

In January 2015, bird watchers spotted a decomposing hand in the littered bay of Gravesend Bay, behind the baseball fields in Calvert Vaux Park.

Undated adult photo of Jennifer McAllister.

That winter, on a hill overlooking the bay, other body parts were found: a severed human hand in a tree, possibly grabbed and displaced by a bird, and leg bones and a pelvis nestled nearby. A foot with nails polished to a translucent sheen was found by a police dog, who found many body parts.

A forensic medical examination determined that the woman was the victim of a violent murder. The DNA linked all parts of the body, but neither the DNA nor the woman’s fingerprints were in any database.

Brooklyn detectives determined that the ink, which appeared to be dated to the 1980s, read “Monique.” But no one matching Monique’s description has gone missing anywhere in the country.

Monique in Queens was healthy. Monica in Brooklyn also came into view.

So things got colder every year.

But now the mystery of Monique’s murder has suddenly been revealed.

The tattoo didn’t talk about Monique. The woman whose dismembered body washed ashore in Brooklyn is Jennifer McAllister.

Now the detectives are left to figure out who killed her and why.

McAllister was 33 when she disappeared at some point in 2014, likely after she stopped going to scheduled doctor visits.

Detectives Mitchell Eisenberg, Timothy O'Brien and retired Deputy Chief of Police Patrick Conry at the scene in Calvert Vaux Park near Coney Island Bay where the severed remains of an unknown woman were found in January 2015.

After parts of her body were found, the police speculated that the tattoo could be read as Ronic or even Konik, but decided it was Monique.

Until about a year ago.

It was then that the NYPD, using familial DNA — a technique now banned after an appeals court ruled in May that such searches must be approved by lawmakers — got a much-needed break.

“We were able to identify a relative of the victim,” James Essig, head of detectives, told Daily News. “She recognizes the tattoo and says it’s not Monique. This is Konik.

A poster released by the NYPD for information about a woman whose severed limbs were found in Calvert Vaux Park near Coney Island Bay in January 2015.  The only recognizable feature on the human remains is a tattoo that reads "Monique".

Konik is the name of the victim’s son, Essig said.

Konik, now 21, was 13 at the time, three years older than his brother, who was raised by his father.

“It was hard for [Konique]McAllister’s sister said. “I felt like his mother had just abandoned him.”

The sister, who is actually named Monique, said the family was frustrated by the attempts to report McAllister missing, and the police informed them that they could not immediately file a missing person report because McAllister was an adult and not mentally ill.

Detectives have pursued a number of theories over the years.

An IUD was found in her pelvis and she had a broken rib that was healing. She also had a pelvic artery stent, most likely implanted to prevent deep vein thrombosis. However, there were no serial numbers on the devices, and police checks at local hospitals proved inconclusive.

There was even a theory that her body was thrown into the water by an out-of-state trucker who may have been sleeping in his car after parking on a service road next to the Belt Parkway.

But it turned out that McCallister lived a little more than a mile away, in an apartment at Marlborough House in Gravesend.

The sister, Monique Bailey, 42, said she and her family have no idea who killed McAllister, whom she called a loving mother.

“She was with her son all the time,” Bailey said. “She was a very loving and happy person.

South Brooklyn Homicide Detective Timothy O'Brien visits the scene in Calvert Vaux Park near Coney Island Bay where the scattered severed remains of an unknown woman were found in January 2015.

“Her smile is the way she cared.”

Bailey said the ancestry.com profile helped police identify her sister.

“Someone contacted my aunt and gave her a phone number,” Bailey said. “They asked if she was related to my grandmother, my aunt’s mother. After making phone calls back and forth, we really understood what was going on.”

Bailey said that at first it was nice to know that her sister had been found, and then the reality of what happened to her was revealed.

Undated photo of Jennifer McAllister as a child.

“I mean in [that] The fact is that we did not know the details, so we were just excited, ”she recalled. “But once we got the details, we were devastated.”

Essig said the goal now is to arrest the killer and send him to prison. According to him, the murder likely happened shortly after McAllister stopped showing up for regular doctor visits.

“Who killed her can only be speculated at the moment,” he said. “But anyone who knows her or knows the circumstances of her disappearance, please give us a call.”

There is a $12,500 reward and advisors are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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