BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated March 11, 6:00 p.m.: The body of a young homeless woman was found in the abandoned New Market building in the Fulton Fish Market Saturday morning, and a pool of blood was found nearby, police said.
The following day, police announced that two men, also both homeless, had been arrested and charged in her murder.
The victim was identified as Rosalee Sanchez, 19.
On Sunday, police reported that Austin Boehm, 25, and Christian Mercado, 20, had both been arrested for second-degree murder in connection with Sanchez’s death. Like the victim, they were both identified as “undomiciled.”
According to cops, on March 6, around 9:20 a.m., officers responded to a call of an unconscious woman inside of 95 South St. The woman’s boyfriend, 25, and a male acquaintance, 26, both also homeless, had discovered her body.
Responding officers found an unresponsive female wrapped in clear plastic and a garbage bag in a room on the second floor.
E.M.S. also responded to the scene and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
According to a police spokesperson, the victim’s boyfriend and friend told cops that they had discovered the body.
The spokesperson said a pool of blood was also found in a room adjacent to where the body was found. He did not have information on whether the blood was fresh or dried. It was not clear when the woman’s death occurred.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, and the police investigation is ongoing.
Last year, design renderings were released for a new New Market building to replace the existing one, which was constructed in 1939.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that the victim’s boyfriend and a male acquaintance were arrested for her murder. In fact, it was those two men who discovered her body and called 911, according to police. Two other homeless men, also in their 20s, have been arrested in connection with the murder.