By Michael McDowell
Police are now in custody of a mysterious headstone found in a planter under the West Side Highway by an Upper West Sider out for his daily walk.
The stone, engraved with the name of Rose Roy Weiss, was left in a planter under the highway between 53rd and 54th Streets, with few signs of why it was left there. Weiss died in 1986.
After reading about the headstone in West Side Rag, Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin, Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s 20th Precinct, referred the matter to colleagues at the Midtown North Precinct. Commanding Officer Inspector Mark Iocco and his team at Midtown North rescued Ms. Weiss’ headstone on Saturday morning, and now have it in safe keeping.
Police have been in touch with authorities in Miami-Dade County, where Weiss had lived, as they try to untangle the mystery.
NYPD asks any readers with information regarding the Weiss family to contact Community Affairs at Midtown North Precinct, (212) 767-8447.