REMAINS OF A FIFTH TEENAGER DISCOVERED IN BRENTWOOD, LONG ISLAND-
ABC7: BRETNWOOD, Long Island (WABC) —
For the fifth time since September, police have discovered the remains of a teenager in Brentwood, a community plagued by gang violence.
The body of Jose Pena-Hernandez, 18, of Brentwood, was found Monday in a wooded area at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, but police said the case was being investigated as a homicide.
Hernandez, who police say was a known gang member, was reported missing in June. Suffolk County police believe he was beaten to death.
“We didn’t find those remains by accident,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini. “We are putting an enormous amount of pressure on the criminal element in the Brentwood area.”
The heat, police say, has led to the arrests of 25 known gang members on a wide range of charges since Sept. 13th. But five of them face federal charges, which carry much longer sentences.