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Cops Identify Dead Woman

Questions remain about circumstances

surrounding death of woman found on Ocean Ave.

The body of a woman found Feb. 14 in an unoccupied home on Ocean Avenue has been identified as 60-yerar-old Irene Luetje, known to her family as Renee, according to Nassau County police.

Police responded to a call at 27 Ocean Avenue around noon and discovered the body. Det. Lt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Nassau County homicide squad, reported that Luetje was found wearing a black jacket, black Capri pants, a black pullover shirt and silver shoes. Her purse, which contained money, was found with her, as was her driver’s license. What is not clear is how Luetje ended up more than five miles away from her apartment at 124 West Drive in North Massapequa, where her car was still located. The landlord of the home had a conversation with Luetje at 11 a.m. on January 6. Azzata said that is the last time Luetje was seen alive. Police are hoping someone may have spotted Luetje after Jan. 6 and will come forward.

“We’re looking for any and all answers because everything is a mystery to us,” said Azzata. “Right now everything is a possibility and that why were trying to enlist the public’s help.”

At press time, police do not have any evidence of criminality in the case, although they are waiting for the results of the autopsy as well as the toxicology results, which Azzata said could take up to six weeks. They have also not yet determined a cause of death, pending the results of the medical examiner’s report.

The detective said that friends and colleagues have told police that Luetje was known to take long walks and that the outfit she was found in was among her favorites. He added that Luetje had no prior contact with police and that she was only known to be taking medication to control hypertension. Luetje was reported missing by sister on January 12.

The identification of Luetje brought sadness to the campus of Farmingdale State College where she worked as an administrative assistant to the executive assistant to the president. Spokesperson Kathy Coley had high praise for Luetje.

“Irene was a valued member of the community and she will be missed,” said Coley. Coley said that Luetje’s final day of work was Dec. 21, the last day before the holiday recess. She was scheduled to return on Jan. 6, the last day that Luetje was seen alive. When she didn’t come to work, Coley said that university police went to her home, and that university officials have reached out to her family.

To honor her memory, Coley said that a poetry award would be renamed in her name. A multiple-cultural committee presents the award to students for their work.

Police are asking that anyone with information, please call 1-800-244-TIPS.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


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