Queens Gazette Queens detectives are seeking help from the public as they try to piece together the final hours of a transgender woman’s life.
Friends who had not seen nor heard from Amanda (Edelbuerto) Gonzalez-Andyhar in several days asked her landlord to let them into her Glendale apartment last week.
The friends stumbled on a gruesome image inside a bedroom at the apartment —Edelbuerto, who went by the name Amanda, was found dead, lying naked, sprawled across her bed. The apartment was ransacked and her collection of Marilyn Monroe photos had been destroyed, police said.
The city medical examiner is performing an autopsy to determine the time and cause of death.
Investigators are combing the neighborhood for information on Gonzalez-Andyhar’s final hours, knocking on doors and asking neighbors if they heard signs of a struggle coming from the apartment prior to her death.
Police are also seeking information on a possible suspect who might have surprised Gonzalez-Andyhar, murdered her and ransacked the apartment searching for something.
Gonzalez-Andyhar’s friends told police her laptop computer was missing from the apartment.
Investigators are also analyzing a surveillance video taken inside Gonzalez-Andyhar’s building to try to identify a man who was there at the approximate time of her death.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.