The plastic-wrapped body of a Brooklyn teen found Christmas Eve morning was dumped on 27th Street from the back of a truck, then hidden under a car four hours later, according to an article in El Diario de la Prensa.
Workers at a local garage told the Spanish-language newspaper they saw the truck park in front of 177 27th Street at about 10pm on December 23rd. A man removed 19-year-old Daniel Vargas’ bagged body from the truck and left it in the street. Surveillance video shows pedestrians walking by the body and noticing nothing, a witness said.
Nearly four hours later, a car arrived at the scene. The driver descended to move the body under a car parked in front of 180 27th Street, employees of the garage told La Prensa before a detective prohibited them from saying more.
Ashraf Ali, 27, discovered the body while leaving his job at the Dunkin’ Donuts factory with co-worker William Acevedo early Thursday morning, Gothamist said. As Ali steered his Altima out of a space in front of 180 27th Street he felt something under his car, reported the New York Post. He exited the car to find the body of 19-year-old Daniel Vargas enveloped in plastic and left under the car near the Gowanus Expressway, according to 1010 WINS.
Vargas was badly beaten with a blunt object and strangled, Ellen Borakove of the Medical Examiner’s Office told the Post. The Daily News reported the death has been ruled a homicide. Vargas lived on Sixteenth Avenue in Bensonhurst. Neighbors remembered the 19-year-old who often walked his dog in the neighborhood as quiet and polite.