The site where Rita Tangredi's body was discovered.
Crime Scene Location in East Patchogue, New York, United States.
On November 2nd, 1993, the naked body of Rita Tangredi was discovered "half-buried" in a wooded area at Esplanade Drive in East Patchogue.
The 31-year-old sex worker had been strangled and beaten to death.
Rita's skull was shattered and her legs were spread apart. Her killer had also positioned both of her arms above her head.
Because there was alcohol in her stomach but very little in her blood, the medical examiner opined that she was attacked shortly after she drank it.
At the time, Esplanade Drive contained an abandoned housing development. The houses that exist in the area today were not built until the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Detectives believe that Rita was murdered at Esplanade Drive. During the early 1990s, sex workers sometimes brought their "johns" back to this area.
Rita was last seen hitchhiking along the Montauk Highway in East Patchogue on the day of her disappearance.
More than two decades after her body was discovered, a familial DNA match linked 48-year-old Long Island resident John Bittrolff to the crime.
The DNA evidence also linked him to the 1994 murder of sex worker Colleen McNamee.
According to forensic scientist Thomas Zaveski, tiny particles that resembled wood chips were found on the victim's body. The chips, which were no longer than a millimeter, looked like "specks" to the human eye.
This piece of evidence was particularly damaging to Bittrolff, as he worked as a carpenter throughout his adult life.
During the trial, forensic scientist Robert Baumann testified that DNA samples found in Tangredi's fingernail clippings were a partial match with the accused. In his estimation, the profile was so close that there was only a 1 in 608 quadrillion chance that it had come from someone else.
On July 5th, 2017, Bittrolff was found guilty of both murders. Two months later, he received two consecutive 25-year-to-life sentences.
Where was Rita Tangredi's body found?
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The entrance can be found on South Country Road, half-way between Orchard Road and Furman Avenue.
- The victim was also known as Rita Tangredi-Beinlich.
- Newspapers reported that Rita was "of no known address".
- The 31-year-old was arrested for prostitution at the beginning of 1993.
- According to the police, sex workers occasionally brought their "johns" to Esplanade Drive.
- Rita's body was discovered by the driver of an all-terrain vehicle.
- At the time, the area contained a pathway that connected Country Road and Summit Street.
- Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee were both missing their underwear and a left shoe. This led investigators to believe that Bittrolff may have taken them as trophies.
- At the time of her death, she had an 11-year-old son called Anthony Beller.
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Newspaper report from May 27th, 1994.
The police quickly realized that the murders of Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee were connected. This is because the two sex workers had been murdered and then "posed" in an extremely similar fashion.
Detective John Gierasch also expressed his belief that the killer might be responsible for the 1993 murder of Sandra Costilla.
Rita Tangredi was last seen on Montauk Highway.
Rita Tangredi was last seen hitchhiking on Montauk Highway - just two miles away from where her body was discovered. It is likely that Bittrolff picked her up at this location and then immediately drove to Esplanade Drive.
The stretch of road that she was last seen on is east of the intersection between Montauk Highway and East Patchogue Yaphank Road (Country Road 101).
Coordinates: 40.767487, -72.980177
A Google Street View image of the entrance to Esplanade Drive. This was taken in November of 2019.
Since the late 1990s, more than 50 houses have been built in the estate. Therefore, it is likely that it looks a lot different than it did back in 1993.
This aerial photograph from 1980 gives us an idea of what the area looked like before it was developed. According to archived newspaper reports, locals used the pathways to cut between Country Road and Summit Street.
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