Missing Woman’s Body Found Buried
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Two police dogs found the body of a missing woman under a pile of stones near an upstate cabin Friday, ending a search that began last month when her car turned up in Canada in the possession of a man accused of murdering a police officer.
The German shepherds found the body of Beverly Capone, 44, of Mount Vernon, near New York, near the town of Durham, said a state trooper who identified himself only as Trooper Reeseberg.
Mrs. Capone was last seen Feb. 25, a day after Police Officer Gary Stymiloski was found dying in his patrol car in Yonkers.
Alex Mengel, 30, a native of Guyana, who was sought in Stymiloski’s slaying, was driving Mrs. Capone’s car when he was arrested in Toronto on March 2.
A woman’s scalp was found in the car and police theorized that Mengel may have worn it to disguise himself as a woman to cross the border.
The dogs found Mrs. Capone’s decomposed body about a half-mile from a vacation cabin where some of her belongings were found, police said. She had lacerations about the throat but police declined to sauy if she had been scalped.
An autopsy was planned for Saturday, police said.
Canadian forensic scientists were still working on the scalp to determine to whom it belonged and whether it was used as a wig. Metro Toronto Police Inspector Gerry Stevenson said tests could be finished by Wednesday.
Efforts to deport Mengel from Canada were stymied when he refused to testify at an immigration hearing last week, officials said. Failure to testify could result in a two-year jail term and $5,000 fine under Canadian law.
Another deportation hearing was set for this Tuesday.
In addition to a murder charge in the United States in the death of Stymiloski, Mengel also faces Canadian charges of possession of weapons. Two guns, including Stymiloski’s service revolver, were seized when he was arrested.