Missing woman found dead in car outside NYC police station, may have been there for days

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Missing woman found dead outside NY police station

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — A pregnant, diabetic woman missing for more than a week was found dead in a car outside a New York City police station, apparently from an insulin overdose, authorities said Wednesday.

The Toyota Venza may have been parked on a street near the station for several days, police said. The vehicle had dark, tinted windows that were hard to see through and the victim’s seat was reclined, the New York Police Department said.

The dead woman was identified Wednesday as Gizela Andrade, 32, of Mount Vernon, who vanished Sept. 25 after an argument with her boyfriend. She was four months pregnant and was diabetic.

Mount Vernon police Commissioner Carl Bell said the preliminary cause of death was an insulin overdose.

Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner, said the official cause and time of death were pending further study.

There seemed to be no signs of foul play, Bell said. As a result, Andrade’s boyfriend was not considered a suspect, “but if the situation changes, obviously that may change,” he said.

Bell said a Mount Vernon officer was at the police station in the Bronx on an unrelated matter Tuesday night. He was looking for a place to park when he recognized the car that Andrade was last seen driving, the commissioner said. Paramedics responded and pronounced the woman dead.

“We don’t know when she got to that spot,” Bell said. The NYPD said the car had apparently been there several days.

Bell said there had been no sign of Andrade since she disappeared.

“From the time she left there was no further communications,” he said.

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