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Body part found in second Long Island front yard

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jul 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-10 19:35:23-04

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (PIX11) -- Another body part turned up in Hempstead Thursday evening, about a quarter-mile from where an arm was found the day before, police said.

While authorities wouldn't confirm specifics of the new findings found by the doorstep of a second resident's home, sources said it's possibly another human arm.

Long Island residents are uneasy about what has unfolded during the past week.

"It's been very scary," a neighbor said. "You don't feel safe. You don't know if this person is still around."

A woman's torso and a woman's arm were found in locations more than 20 miles apart. Detectives from three different departments are now trying to figure out if the separately discovered human remains belong to a woman who lives in Brooklyn.

She's been missing since last weekend, and as more information becomes known, the more questions arise about her disappearance.

Across the street from the two-story building where Chinelle Browne, 27, lives is a missing person poster taped to a tree with her photograph on it. It was placed there by close friends and family members after she went missing during the July 4 weekend.

On Tuesday, a couple walking to the Fire Island ferry through a small field next to a parking lot came across a human torso. The scene in Bay Shore, Long Island, was 40 miles away from Browne's apartment in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

Fifteen miles away from her Sumpter Street apartment is where a woman's arm was discovered on Wednesday. It still had a shirtsleeve on it, and was left on the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, Long Island, right behind a white picket fence.

Despite both crime scenes being 25 miles apart, and despite Browne living more than three dozen miles away from where the torso was found, law enforcement sources tell PIX11 News that they strongly suspect a connection between the human remains and Browne's disappearance.

Repeating that information is Browne's husband, Dale Browne. He lives in their native country Guyana, in South America. She moved from there to Brooklyn a year ago, and has returned for at least one visit, but she left her and her husband's four children there with him.

Dale Browne told local media in Guyana that police in New York told him the human remains are what's left of his wife.

Her name is tattooed on her right arm, and it was a woman's right arm that was found in Hempstead. There is no official confirmation that it is Browne's arm, but again, her husband said that it's been confirmed to him by police.

He said that he last spoke with his wife by phone on Saturday morning, after having reported to work on time at a Century 21 department store the day before. Dale Browne's last phone call with his wife was the last time she was known to have been alive.

PIX11 News tried to contact Dale Browne via Skype and Facebook. He has not yet responded.

He did tell media outlets in South America that he'd learned that his wife had been beaten by her landlady in Brooklyn over the weekend, during a fight about the apartment's electricity. When PIX11 News attempted to contact the landlady at her apartment, somebody inside slammed the front door shut.

Even though nobody was talking at the apartment, there's no clear indication that police are attempting to speak with the landlady. Instead, investigators seem to be looking elsewhere to figure out who dumped the human remains on Long Island, and to see if more body parts will be found.