Authorities found 41-year-old Queens resident Athea Lewis dead Tuesday morning on Rockaway Beach, close to the shoreline at Beach 32nd Street. The New York Daily News reported the victim's boyfriend, 30-year-old David Lynch, led police to the body after he was pulled over for driving erratically. One police source said Lynch "didn't confess, but he did say there was a body there."
Officials have not yet determined why Athea Lewis was killed, but investigators are still examining the scene. A New York City medical examiner established Lewis' death was a result of homicide after discovering signs Lewis was submerged in water. Lewis was also found to have suffered from blunt-force injuries to her head, brain hemorrhage, and nasal fractures.