Cops ask for public's help identifying Dutchess Co. victim

State police are asking for the public's help in identifying a murder victim who was found burned and dumped in a Dutchess County park.

Investigators say the body of a woman was found early Sunday morning while firefighters were responding to a brush fire at James Baird State Park.

Authorities say the woman is described as being of African-American or Latino decent, in her late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall and around 150 pounds. She has a tattoo of a flowered design with a face embedded into it.

Officials hope the tattoo is distinctive enough that someone will come forward to identify her.

Police are also looking for the driver of a silver or gray sedan seen leaving the park at 5 a.m. on Sunday, just before the body was found by firefighters at 5:15 a.m.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 845-677-7300.

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