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Nissequogue Fatal Car Fire Takes Locals by Surprise

Visitors at Short Beach on Wednesday could not believe a body was found dead in an engulfed car in a quiet part of town.

With a fire-destroyed SUV removed from Nissequogue's , and crime scene tape stripped from the entrance, by Wednesday afternoon, locals got back to jogging and walking their dogs at the pristine park. But was still shocking to many.

MaryAnn and Robert Walker of St. James walk their dog at the beach around noon daily and said they were in disbelief of what they witnessed Tuesday before being turned away by police.

"St. James is so quiet, [the Town of] Smithtown is so quiet ... we come here all the time with the dog and we've never had a problem." MaryAnn said. "It's surprising when I read it this morning. I could understand a fire but a body in it is scary."

Robert echoed his wife. 

"It doesn't happen too often in St. James, that's for sure, in [the Town of] Smithtown for that matter ... to see things like this happen, that's surprising," he said. 

Not everyone visiting Short Beach on Wednesday afternoon was aware of what happened just one day earlier.

St. James resident Randy Weintraub arrived at the beach on a bicycle with two other cyclists unaware of Tuesday's fatal car fire. Weintraub said he was surprised the location was still not a crime scene and was at a loss for words when told of the news. 

"It's shocking, wow ... I'm here all the time," he said. 

Another St. James resident, a federal police officer who spoke under the condition of anonymity, was also unaware of Tuesday's incident.

"I've been living here for 21 years ... I've never heard anything like that over here," he said. "To find something like that here is kind of weird."

I live in KP March 08, 2012 at 02:08 AM
another suicide
Debbie D March 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I love how everyone is saying how things like this never happen around here. It's because no one hears about it. Is everyone forgetting 2010 I think in july or august a drug deal was going on at little africe on Long Beach and there was a gun fight. Houses are getting broken into all over smithtown. A month ago an elderly women was pushed down so a man could enter her house and rob her. Wake up smithtown.
eric March 08, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I agree debbie, smithtown and kp have both had some hood status activity lately. Then again this is LI anything can happen at any time... Anyplace.. No matter how high the taxes r around here orhow good the schools are... Get real
WOODY11780 March 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Suffolk County police have identified the body of a woman found in a burning sport utility vehicle Tuesday in Nissequogue. Police said in Thursday news release that Lauren Fontana, 45, of 505 Stonegate Way in Middle Island, was discovered after rescue personnel responded to a 911 call of a vehicle burning in a parking lot at Short Beach Road and Boney Lane about 11:55 a.m. The investigation by homicide detectives is continuing, police said. Nissequogue firefighters and police found Fontana's body after the blaze was extinguished.

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