Police Recover Child's Body in Farmingdale Yard

UPDATE: Grisly discovery on Hallock Road has garnered international attention. Resident is identified as "person of interest" in ongoing investigation.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y.--The grim discovery of an infant's body in a Farmingdale backyard has sent shock waves across the Farmingdale community and made headlines near and far.

State Police unearthed the body of a child from a Farmingdale man's back yard Friday. The resident of that home has been identified as a "person of interest" in the ongoing investigation.

At a press conference Saturday at Troop L Headquarters, State Police said an investigation that began in upstate Orange County revealed the death of a Justin Kowalczik, who was born in 2009 and would be about 3 years old now. The child was unaccounted for and his death had gone unreported for about a year and a half.

The interview with the child's mother, Heather Kowalczik, also revealed a possible location for the remains of her son, said State Police Major Patrick Regan, commander of Troop L in Farmingdale.

Police obtained a search warrant Friday for the home occupied by Kowalczik and Robert Rodriguez at 1 Hallock Road in Farmingdale.

Regan said the search and extensive dig of a portion of the yard produced the remains of a child in a shallow grave.

Regan identified Robert Rodriguez as a "person of interest" in the case. There was no additional developments in the case since the state police announcement Saturday. Several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, reported that Rodriguez was not cooperating with the investigation.

Rodriguez and Kowalczik have not been charged with any crime.

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The Medical Examiners Office is conducting their investigation and the State Police are waiting for confirmation of the identity and cause of death of the remains found.

Events began to unfold quickly Friday as Suffolk County Child Protective Services began an investigation in the health and welfare of the couple’s 6-year-old child.

State police in Orange County were also involved in the investigation. The couple had lived in Middletown, about 65 miles northwest of Manhattan.

Then, as the Suffolk probe continued, an Amber Alert was issued for the couple’s 9-year-old child, who was missing from school, Regan said. A short time later, police found Rodriguez and the 9-year-old unharmed on Long Island and the Amber Alert was cancelled.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Troop L State Police at (631)756-3390.

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ARLETTE October 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Danielle Randolph October 07, 2012 at 06:09 PM
pruddell01 anything you just said i'm sorry if I come off mean or rude but has nothing to do with whats going on in this situation..... this is wrong in every way possiable there are too many questions in this case that can't be answered and what i'm wondering is why? if the parents had nothig to do with the baby goin missing and or death or at least one of the parents that are innocent then why won't you cooperate. it just shows that you have somthing to hide. also anoher thing is if the child wasn't accounted for then how did they know the childs name and year he was born? also why did his death go un reported for so long what on earth is there to hide?
ARLETTE October 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Who says who to vote for you bourlier! most comment are made about the dead of a child but you mon cher are bringing up an different topic called racism. keep your opinions to your self.
Elizabeth Anderson October 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Sweet little Justin; Your life ended before you could even grow up, play with trucks, action figures or even learn to ride a bike. I do not know why you had to leave this world, I only know that you did. I know in my heart that you are in a better place playing with other little Angels and fluttering in the clouds with your beautiful wings. I know too hat your death-be it accidental, genetic, complications from a home delivery or even vicious malaise/ murder is still a terrible tragedy to me even though I never knew you. You are gone from us and people speculate about your death, pass ignorant judgements, condemnations and bigoted racist remarks that are not only uncalled for but also unfounded as of yet. They fail to see the the real picture..the tragic loss of a precious gift from our Creator..a Sweet Innocent Child! To me your your race, ethnicity or even your Sir name has no bearing but your loss does! Rest in Peace Sweet Justin and enjoy the beauty of Heaven!
ARLETTE October 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
ARLETTE October 07, 2012 at 06:40 PM
ARLETTE October 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Red Sam Rackham October 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
If there are any responsible trusted relatives. We cannot assume that there are. The foster care systems in many states are shambles. Perhaps there's a need to bring back more safe haven orphanages.
Dee October 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Very sad situation for all concerned. I heard some scuttle concerning the 9 yr old (7 1/2 at the time) had some connection to the poor little 17 month boys death. It is devastating to lose a child and even more at the hands of their sibling. I heard some of the children are special needs which played a part in the death of the baby. No one can explain what goes on in some peoples head and why the parents did what they did. In our civilized society we are supposed to take responsibility and report emergencies and not cover them up. The truth will come out ......very sad for all concerned.....
patricia October 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Trish This story has had such an impact on me.. I can't believe these people did this to this innocent child.. It makes my heart hurt just thinking about it. Its obvious they both had a part in it. The only helpful thing the mother did was telling them where they could find him. She knew where he was all this time.Shes just as guilty as he is.. I know some may not agree, but I feel shes just as responsible.. I dont know how she went in her back yard and let her other two children play where that child was buried..It sickens me!!! I want to know what exactly happened and it will come out one day... Hope both parents rot in hell!!!
anony1234 October 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
nydailynews had said a neighbor in upstate ny said she had been juggling too many boyfriends. and she said she had been scared of rodriquez, he was abusive and that he threatened her if she said anything..seems to me she was cheating he found out..beat her beat her beat her, then accidentally, perhaps killed the baby thru anger and so he buried lil man saying once more if u tell ill hurt u n so she shut her mouth until cps arrived she somewhat cooperated and he is still uncooperative\.. shows they knew what happened yet one is not saying a word. n she is somewhat..like the he said she said she did he did b.s. i think he would be guilty and her an accesory for holding out so long n not defendin lil man..poor baby REST IN PARADISE LIL JUSTIN..UR IN BETTER HANDS NOW WATCHING DOWN ON US..GIVE US A SIGN N LET THE TRUTH FIND ITS WAY OUT......GUILTY OR NOT..
Joe Dowd (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 11:42 PM
We've just updated this story: http://patch.com/A-y2qM// More information coming.
Rhonda Klees October 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
My Dad payed for my cousin's funeral last year in 2011, my Brother's funeral in 2006, My Grandfather's funeral in 1998, My Grandmother's funeral in March 2012, and My Uncle of the Cousin's funeral from last year died in April and my Father buried him. Don't tell me no one in the family could bury a 17 month old child. Come on!!!! A baby? I would have paid for the burial if I had of known them. HOLY COW!!!
Rhonda Klees October 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Coleen Hand October 12, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Not for nothing but I knew Heather very well growing up as a cbhild all throughout high school even as a friend and she is by no means messed up. I'm sure she is now after all this but she had a very conrolling bf that kept tabs on her every move and I will make a 100% bet he had everything to do with this.
nik February 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
this case is wired u dont hear it on the news anymore or in the news paper about whats going on no update i been following this story since it started its really got to me about what happen to justin i want to know the truth about the whole thing
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:10 PM
heather kowalczik was not a good mother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she had no care in the world that her son was died she went on liveing life like eveything was good would lie to her family saying her kids were fine . she had to have somthing to do with it if she could tell cops were his body was she is telling people it was her boyfriend but he is not the one that told cops were justin body was she did so she looks like the bad person . but in my heart she should go to jail for life never get out thank god she will never see her other 2 kids again
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:17 PM
d.c.p i agree with u they are both guilty cuz they new what happen to justin and they kep it to there self she made it sound like he wold not let her on phone or facebook or go outside if the man worked she had all the time in the world to call the cop and them them what happen to her son justin i been watching this story from the time it started i think they both are full of shit its time for them to tell the truth
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:18 PM
there was 2 the wood fence was the back yard the other one was the front
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:28 PM
he's been missing for 2 years and for 2 years she was getting socail secrety for him she new what happen to her son she new she messed up whn she sleep with another man and had his baby when she moved back with her man he didnt like that she bring a baby back with her that was not by him he didnt want her to have the kid he just wanted her and his 2 kids that he had by her but she could of ask family friends cousin to take the child but she didnt think that way i guess and from what i am hearing now she is having another baby by some dude that use to live by her in long island now i thats not sick i dont know what is
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:32 PM
neither one has custody neither one can talk to them they cant have nothing to do with them boys anymore and that was from the court roonm
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
yes it happen upstate ny so sad
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:40 PM
she new what was going on i dont think there was any beating going on she is nothing but a lair she lied to her friends all the time she use to tell her friends how her boyfriend was die of cancer to get money out of them she is a big lair in life
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:49 PM
coleen i knew heather to since high school and i feel like she had a part in it how on now he worked she had all the time in the world to tell someone she could have called the cops her dad her brothers aunts uncles cousin friends everybody could of helped her she didnt want the help if u can live life for 2 years like nothing every happen thats not right
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:51 PM
she had to have part in it to know were her 17 month old baby was in her back yard i dont feel bad for her at all she been going around telling people in longisland that she walked into the house and the babyy was in nothing but blood why would u have a roomer going around like that thats crazy sh is sick in the head
nik February 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
now she is telling everybody how she is having another baby soon by some dude in longIsland she is crazy she istelling everybody that her boyfriend is getting locked up and she is going to be free and get her kids back its all a lie she is going to jail along with him she will never see her kids again cuz she not alound to cuz all of the beat she gave them, not feeding her one kid that had a feeding tub thats a sick mother to she has to be on drugs and she has to still be drinking
nik February 08, 2013 at 10:01 PM
if she can walk the street with her head held hight not no care in the world of whats going on . she has problems !!!!!!! she is lie to alot of people and its only going to hurt her in the long run i wish she would tell the truth and take a drug test for the cops that she will not do for them i wish i was a cop dective da office cuz i would put them both in jail they do not need to be walking the street
nik February 08, 2013 at 10:02 PM
next court date feb 11th march for the big trail so i have heard
amma April 10, 2013 at 04:54 PM
nik contact with me ... thank
amma April 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
i don't think so...........


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