BROOKLYN — A woman's decomposed body was found floating in the corner of a Mill Basin marina Monday afternoon, officials and a witness said.
The victim, whose age and identity had not yet been determined, was discovered around 3:20 p.m. near Avenue U and East 58th Street, officials said.
Albert Gindi, 19, said he made the grim discovery while taking a break from his job at Paramount Decorators, in the strip mall abutting the marina.
"At first I saw the sneakers and that was pretty rough," he told DNAinfo.com New York. "And then I see a belly. When I looked closer it looked like there was no head, so it's probably like a mannequin, I thought.
"And then I'm getting closer and I see the head...after that I called 911. I was freaking out."
The body was "not in the best shape," according to police. Harbor Police pulled the woman in from one of the marina's docks, eventually strapping her to a rescue board for removal.
Gindi said the woman had short hair, was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, and jeans.
Neighbors in the area said they were shaken by the unusual find on Monday afternoon.
Dolly Rago, owner of Dolly's Ice Cream, whose shop overlooks the spot in the marina where the body appeared, said she had not recognized the body.
"I'm here 20 years, we never experienced this ever. Ever," she said. "So this is quite scary"
Grigory Avenesov, 27, agreed.
"It's crazy," he said. "I just moved here a few days ago. I moved my boat over here and just brought my family over here to show them the new spot. Then coming over here to see this, I'm clueless. I don't know what's going on."
The NYPD did not have any immediate information on the woman's identity.