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Missing woman found dead in Breezy Point

Body washed up on the beach

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

A young Jamaica woman who went missing back in December was found dead Saturday in Breezy Point. Her lifeless body had washed up onto the shore, police said.

Marisha Cheong, 24, was last seen at her residence on 145th Street on Dec. 19 at around 10:30 a.m. Police had circulated a photo of the woman, asking for the public’s assistance in determining her whereabouts.

Cheong was discovered at around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 16 after police responded to a call from 149 Bayside Ave. that a body had been recovered from the beach area, the NYPD said. The victim was a petite 5 feet, 3 inches, tall and weighed 135 pounds. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but it could take several weeks.

Cheong’s boyfriend Latchman Balkaran, 26, has been brought in for questioning, according to a report by Channel 7 Eyewitness News. The victim’s body showed signs of trauma, but it was in such an advanced stage of decomposition, the cause of death could not be determined, the report said. Her hands may have been bound when she went into the water. She was wearing pajamas and one shoe. Cheong’s family were convinced that she hadn’t run away since she had left her coat and her iPad behind.

Anyone with information about Cheong’s death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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