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UPDATE: Police ID Woman Found Dead in Nature Preserve

Police say death is suspicious.

Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Suffolk County police. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Suffolk County police. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
By Pam Robinson

UPDATE: 
Suffolk County Police have identified the woman who was found in the woods at the Froehlich Nature Preserve Thursday morning as Sarah Strobel, 23, of Huntington Station. Her body was found in the nature preserve in Huntington Thursday morning. 

Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said a passerby in the preserve found the body of the white woman about 8:50 a.m. about 300 feet into the woods. He deemed her death suspicious. She was found near one of the trails that winds through the preserve.

He declined to give further details until the county medical examiner's office had examined the body.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this case to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.


Concerned Long Term Huntingtonian October 03, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Lisa Solomon was found off of West. Pulaski on the North end of the Froehlich Farm Property, not far from Kerber's Poultry. Based on the sign in one of the pictures, this appears to be over near the Breezy Park Soccer Fields on West Rogues Path. In the scheme of things; it's 6 of 1 or a half doz. of another, no real difference.
Christine October 03, 2013 at 03:29 PM
The site is next to next Breezy park. Thiswas part of the old Mohlenhoff property. Shame they have beautiful organic gardens and trails for owners and dogs on leashes. The garden donates their food to the community.
Huntington girl October 03, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Yes, Lisa Solomon was found on the north side of Pulaski. This death is on the north side of West Rogues, behind breezy park. Very near each other, but not the same place.
John Cotter October 03, 2013 at 03:49 PM
You wouldn't catch me walking around in there daytime or night, I passed by that location a couple of times and the entrance where the police set up their command post always creeped me out
Linda Otta October 03, 2013 at 03:58 PM
There used to be many transient undocumented immigrants of Hispanic descent who were living in the woods on 5th street where they are now building Avalon Bay. Tearing down all those trees chased them out. I used to walk this area of Pulaski until the last year as you can now see transient undocumented immigrants who are coming and going from the preserve. They have a camp set up deep inside. http://huntington.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/photos-homeless-return-to-station-woods
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Thanks for the info. Yes, this area where police were today is just west of Breezy Park.
Christine October 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Huntington Station had to remove all the trees in that wooded area near Jack Abrams school because of gang activity. Then, as Linda pointed out, trees were removed to build Avalon Bay. Apparently those wooded areas were home to transients and gang members. Is a trend being revealed? Do we need special patrols for undeveloped land? Is development good? This is scary.
Christine October 03, 2013 at 09:50 PM
There are 2 different Christines commenting here. I am from South Huntington area and my guess the other is from Huntington School district, though I don't know. Either way I don't really think your comment was meant to be constructive.
TheNanny October 03, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Went to high school with Sarah, this is heartbreaking and eye opening. So so close to home for all of us "kids". Thank you for reporting this story. The Patch is amazing and really keeps me up to date with what's going on in Huntington.
Christine October 03, 2013 at 10:00 PM
ok, I guess that is to the other Christine. And yes I agree as another struggling human being.
mr america October 04, 2013 at 07:23 AM
its very sad and upsetting . she was just a kid for christ sakes..
mr america October 04, 2013 at 07:30 AM
christine is correct. the police need to clear all these dog parks and wooded lots. these areas have also turned into dumping grounds for the army of land scappers who dump there garbage. set up street cameras that keep an eye on these wood lots 24/7
Rebecca J Stander October 04, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Sarah was my best friend since 3rd grade. My family tried very hard to support her in the past 3 years. I am devestated and pray that justice will be made for her. Any info needed I can help with
Laura B. October 04, 2013 at 08:22 AM
I'm so sorry for this girl and her family. This is a world gone mad.
Thomas October 04, 2013 at 09:36 AM
this is sad and i feel really bad RIP. but did she have any cuts bruises marks or blood any where on her body i cant find that out anywhere and police haven't given out a lot of info but i wish they would of let us know cause that could mean a lot of things if she did or didnt
Christine October 04, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I am the original poster. My extensive knowledge is from reading the papers and being a resident who cares about what goes on in my home town.
Christine October 04, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Rebecca - I am so sorry for your lose. You can find comfort in that the whole community is praying for Sarah and for justice for whomever committed this heinous crime. - Christine (op)
susan schwartz October 05, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Why aren't the police giving us an update? I live right near the preserve and have 2 daughters.
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 05, 2013 at 10:29 AM
They are still investigating and waiting for a full medical examiner's report.
Christina Vlachos October 08, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I have known Sarah since she was a baby. I am trying to get information on when the funeral/wake services will be held. Any information would be appreciated, as my family and I would like to pay our respects.
paul October 12, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Pam. Any updates from the police? I do not want this murder to be brushed aside. Will you stay on it?
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM
HI, Paul, yes, definitely staying on this tragedy. We've asked for updates. Suffolk police say the homicide squad will make an announcement when it has something specific but does not issue daily updates.
Six Pack October 13, 2013 at 07:27 AM
The police are going to give out as much as the public needs to know. Often, in murder cases, anything new is kept between a very few. That helps the case. There are things only the killer or killers will know.
Christina Vlachos October 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Anything new on this case?
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM
No, we've been checking but SCPD isn't saying anything yet. When we have, we will report it.
mr america October 23, 2013 at 07:16 AM
i have not seen the young woman who was standing at the top of my street again so im thinking it was her :( this girl got out of a big white what i think was a ford pickup truck very new. she stood on the south bound side of new york avenue and west 11th street right at the corner of the auto repair shop. maybe they have a traffic camera or something that could see if she got into someones car. i would like who ever did this to be cought. i didnt know sara but nobody especially at her age would deserv to die.. they really need to install cameras in town and at the dog park road.
mr america October 23, 2013 at 07:19 AM
the time was between 530am and 545am i think..
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 23, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Mr.America, thanks for your posting. If you think you have relevant information, please also give it to the police if you haven't already.
mr america November 18, 2013 at 07:44 PM
i dont have anymore to offer other then what i wrote here. but there are always a few people standing at the corner outside the lawers office right across the way. they should ask them questions. they may have seen something?
Bebe March 11, 2014 at 02:51 PM
So now it is March of 2014 and this case just seems to have been swept away. Was this poor girl so unimportant that there was no justice in her case? No answers? No suspects? Sad to think she has been forgotten by all but those closest to her.

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