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New York mother found dead in duffel bag was stabbed 58 times, police sources say

The bag with 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal's body was found Saturday on the side of the road, just blocks from her Queens home, according to officials.

A mother of two found dead in a duffel bag left on the side of a Queens, New York, road over Easter weekend was stabbed 58 times in the neck, torso, arm and hand, law enforcement sources told NBC New York.

Officials received a call about a suspicious bag with blood on it at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, the New York City Police Department said.

Police officers at the scene in Forest Hills, Queens, on Saturday morning.
Police officers at the scene in Forest Hills, Queens, on Saturday morning.NBC4 New York

Inside they found Orsolya Gaal, 51, “unconscious and unresponsive,” police said.

Emergency services responded and pronounced her dead at the scene. 

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner classified Gaal’s death as a homicide due to “sharp force injuries of the neck,” NBC New York reported. 

A trail of blood led detectives to her Juno Street home about a half-mile away, according to police.

No arrests have been made, but law enforcement sources say investigators have identified a person of interest who they hope to speak with in the ongoing investigation.

Residents at the home, including a 13-year-old were questioned by detectives, law enforcement sources said Saturday.

The woman’s husband was out of town when her body was discovered and was returning to New York after news of her death, NBC New York reported.

“What a tragedy, just for everybody involved," neighbor John Blankson said. "You can’t write this off. I think everyone’s trying to figure out what happened. How did this happen? Why did this happen?”