On February 1, 2020, at approximately 11:34 a.m. Deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Putnam Diner, located on Route 22 in Patterson, on a call that a human skull had been found in the woods behind the diner.
When the Deputies responded they were met by a 35-year-old Carmel man who informed them that he was walking through the woods when he saw what he believed to be a human skull and that he immediately called 911 and waited for the Deputies to arrive.
Additional members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department responded, including investigators from the Sheriff Department’s Forensic ID unit.
With the assistance of the New York State Police, the members of the Sheriff’s Department canvassed the area and recovered additional human bones, a sneaker, and other articles of clothing.
Dental records confirmed the identity of the remains to be that of Danbury resident Laelcira Delima D.O.B. 03/10/1964, who was last seen on October 20, 2017, leaving her residence in her 2016 Honda Accord.
On November 7, 2017, Ms. Delima’s vehicle was found seemingly abandoned in front of the same diner. The cause of death is still under investigation. #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY