NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – A human torso with legs was discovered last week at a Queens beach, and law enforcement sources said on Monday that it could be the remains of Emmy-winning Irish filmmaker Ross McDonnell.
The find was reported to the police just before 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. at Breezy Point Beach, officials said.
The New York City medical examiner's office is currently tasked with determining the cause of death of the torso with attached legs found lying in the sand.
While an official identification of the body has not yet been made, sources told NBC New York that it may be the remains of McDonnell, 44, who was last seen on Nov. 4, and has since been missing.
McDonnell, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is known for winning an Emmy for his cinematography in the Showtime series “The Trade.”
He was last seen leaving his Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment in Brooklyn, riding a bicycle, according to NBC New York.
His bike was later discovered locked at Fort Tilden Beach in Queens, near Breezy Point.
There were no signs of foul play or indications of suicide in the case, authorities said.
McDonnell might have gone for a swim and accidentally drowned after being caught in a current, according to authorities.
Police are now in collaboration with the Irish consulate.
DNA testing results are awaited to confirm the identity of the remains.
The New York Police Department urges anyone with information about McDonnell's disappearance to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).