In this undated photo provided by the Suffolk County Police Department, Sarah Goode is shown. Police on New Yorkâ€™s Long Island have confirmed that a body found in a wooded area on Thursday, June 12, 2014, is in fact that of Sarah Goode. Goode was last seen on June 6 visiting friends in Shirley, N.Y. (AP Photo/Suffolk County Police Department)
MEDFORD, New York — A body found in a thickly wooded area of a Long Island neighborhood is that of a 21-year-old mother and medical technician who went missing last week, police confirmed Saturday.
Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer said Sarah Goode was a "victim of violence" and her death is being investigated as a homicide. He called the case a tragedy.
A volunteer search party comprised of 40 to 50 people — many of them Goode's family and friends — found the body Thursday in the woods at the end of Camden Court in a residential part of Medford.
Goode lived in Medford with her mother and 4-year-old daughter.
Police said she was last seen June 6 visiting close friends in nearby Shirley. Police would not say when and how the group parted for the night.
An older sister of Goode's called police June 8, saying that the close-knit family had not heard from her in two days and that was unusual, police said.
About an hour later, Beyrer said, police found Goode's 1999 gray BMW "in close proximity" to the woods where her body was eventually discovered. The car showed no signs of a crash or violence.
Beyrer, the commanding officer of the homicide squad, told reporters Saturday that detectives were investigating "all aspects" of Goode's death, but that it was still early in the investigation.
He declined to answer questions and did not say how police determined the remains were Goode's.
Beyrer said police have received tips from the public and encouraged people with information about the case to call the homicide squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.