NewsLocal NewsBronx


Remains of body found behind Bronx building identified as mom who went missing months prior

Rachel lopez missing bx mom.jpg
Posted at 1:31 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 13:33:36-05

WOODSTOCK, the Bronx — Decomposed body parts found behind a Bronx building over the summer have been identified as a mom whose daughter reported her missing months prior.

Authorities found decomposed human remains behind a building in the vicinity of Intervale Avenue and Beck Street on July 27.

Nearly a month later, the incident was deemed a homicide.

Authorities identified the remains as 47-year-old Rachel Lopez Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, Lopez had been reported missing by her daughter in September 2019.

Lopez had multiple prior arrests, authorities said.

To help identify the victim, authorities went back through past missing persons reports and used DNA swabs on the family to identify the victim, according to police sources.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).