Grisly Discovery In Yonkers
Date November 8th, 2010
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New York Times
Friday, November 19, 2010

Authorities in Yonkers, New York were alerted to a grisly discovery early this morning. At approximately 6:30am, groundskeepers at the Yonkers Nodine Community Center discovered the bodies of an African-American male and Caucasian female left in a drainage culvert just beyond the community center's baseball fields. The groundskeepers were in the process of dumping leaves from a fall cleanup of the field when they made the discovery.

The Westchester County police department sent officers to investigate the discovery and identified the bodies as Queens resident Andy Rourke (35) and Else Kjelstrom (32) of Manhattan. Kjelstrom, former lead singer-songwriter of the band Else Kjelstrom and the Shattered Skies made headlines last year after disappearing from the public eye for weeks after the release of her band's debut album, "Shores of the Empire State."

Authorities interviewed former band member and drummer Benjamin Karlslund during Kjelstrom's disappearance in 2009 and he admitted to the police Kjelstrom's longtime struggle with prescription narcotics. It was believed, at the time, that Kjelstrom had gone into rehabilitation following a violent break-in at her home in Chinatown's Bowery that still remains unsolved.

It is unknown how Kjelstrom wound up in Yonkers or her connection to Rourke. Andy Rourke himself has two prior convictions for possession of illegal narcotics in 2005 and 2006 and spent one year in Rikers for violation of parole in 2008. Authorities suspect that their deaths, which are being ruled a homicide, may have been drug related.

Anyone with information about the deaths of Andy Rourke and Else Kjelstrom are encouraged to call the Westchester County Police department's crime hotline at 1-800-CRIME-NY.

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