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Homeless woman, 19, found dead and wrapped in plastic in abandoned fish market in Manhattan


A 19-year-old homeless woman’s body was found wrapped in plastic in an abandoned fish market now covered in graffiti in New York City.

The body of the woman, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was found around 9.20am on Saturday by her boyfriend and another friend on the second-floor staircase of the former Fulton Fish Market, the New York Post reported.

The boyfriend and friend called 911 when they found her, sources told the Post.

Cops said there were no obvious signs of trauma on her body, the New York Daily News reported. Her body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine how she died.

A 19-year-old homeless woman's body was found wrapped in plastic in an abandoned fish market now covered in graffiti in New York City

A 19-year-old homeless woman’s body was found wrapped in plastic in an abandoned fish market now covered in graffiti in New York City

Crime Scene Unit investigators were on the scene after the teen's body was found inside

Crime Scene Unit investigators were on the scene after the teen’s body was found inside

Cops said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the young woman's body after her corpse was found wrapped in plastic bags inside an abandoned fish market

Cops said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the young woman’s body after her corpse was found wrapped in plastic bags inside an abandoned fish market

Local residents said the homeless have taken over the building ‘for years now’ after a homeless teen’s body was found inside

The woman may have been dead for several days before her body was found, sources told AMNY.

The woman’s boyfriend told cops she ‘had been led’ to the warehouse weeks ago but cops could not immediately verify if that was true, the Post reported. 

Cops did not consider her boyfriend a suspect as of Saturday evening and no arrests have been made, outlets reported.

‘Right now, we simply don’t know what happened,’ an NYPD spokesman told the Post.

Local residents told the outlet that homeless people have taken over the building ‘for years now.’

The market, which would sell 125 million pounds of fish a year, was associated with at least one Mafia family throughout the 20th century and the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit under federal racketeering laws to appoint a trustee In 1988.

In 1995, a fire destroyed one of the main buildings at the market just as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration was about to take control of it, The New York Times reported. 

The fire prompted officials to further investigate to determine if it had been caused by arson.

The Giuliani administration had asked the New York City Council to give it power to regulate the market and investigate its ties to organized crime, the outlet reported.

The City of New York’s Business Integrity Commission has regulated the market since 2001 to prevent influence from crime families.

In November 2005, the once-bustling Fulton Fish Market relocated to a new facility in the Bronx after its 183-year tenure at the original site near the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.

The market’s historic location was comprised of several buildings, including the city-owned New Market Building – where the body was found.

The market's historic location was comprised of several buildings, including the city-owned New Market Building - where the body was found

The market’s historic location was comprised of several buildings, including the city-owned New Market Building – where the body was found

The New Market Building at the Fulton Fish Market was inaugurated by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in 1939

The New Market Building at the Fulton Fish Market was inaugurated by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in 1939

In November 2005, the once-bustling Fulton Fish Market relocated to a new facility in the Bronx

In November 2005, the once-bustling Fulton Fish Market relocated to a new facility in the Bronx

The market, which would sell 125 million pounds of fish a year, was associated with at least one Mafia family throughout the 20th century

The market, which would sell 125 million pounds of fish a year, was associated with at least one Mafia family throughout the 20th century

In 2007, the Howard Hughes Corporation wanted to raze the buildings and redevelop the area

In 2007, the Howard Hughes Corporation wanted to raze the buildings and redevelop the area

Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City, poses with a 300-pound halibut at the Fulton Fish Market in 1939

Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City, poses with a 300-pound halibut at the Fulton Fish Market in 1939

The New Market Building was inaugurated by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia in 1939, The New York Times reported.

In 2007,  the Howard Hughes Corporation wanted to raze the buildings and redevelop the area, including the landmarked Tin Building, which was later renovated, and the adjoining New Market Building.

However, a man named Robert LaValva wanted to transform the buildings into a premiere public market, the outlet reported. LaValva’s market opened in December 2007.

In 2011, the Howard Hughes Corporation offered to collaborate with LaValva. He turned them down, and eventually the New Market Building fell into ruin.

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