Update: Witnesses Say Daniel Vargas’ Plastic-Wrapped Body Was Dumped, Then Moved

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.

Read previous Sunset Park Chron coverage here. Read the La Prensa article in Spanish here. Lee el artículo en El Diario de la Prensa aquí.

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One response to “Update: Witnesses Say Daniel Vargas’ Plastic-Wrapped Body Was Dumped, Then Moved

  1. louie

    This case is bullshit! This daniel kid sold crack throughout the neighborhood!! You wanna sell crack, then you better be prepared for the consequences.

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