NBC and Sky News Citing a source, at around 12:30 a.m. on November 17, people called the police to report that they discovered a body washed ashore in an intact state.
Although information about the identity of the deceased victim is still unknown, many sources suspect that the victim is Ross McDonnell (44 years old), an Irish filmmaker who won an Emmy award.
Ross McDonnell has been reported missing since November 4
It is known that McDonnell was previously thought to have been missing since November 4, when he went cycling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Later, many of his clothes and bicycle were found at Fort Tilden Beach, which is only about 2km from Breezy Point beach. Therefore, McDonnell’s friends suspected that the victim was swimming and had an accident at that time.
A police source told the newspaper New York Daily News that the victim’s body may have been dismembered by sharp rocks, waves and marine life for two weeks before washing ashore.
Police said there are no signs that this was a murder or suicide
Born in Dublin (Ireland), Ross McDonnell worked as a director, cinematographer and film producer. His debut film Colony premiered in Toronto and won the IDFA First Film Award. In 2018, he was nominated for an Emmy for Elián, a feature-length documentary he directed for CNN Films, BBC and Jigsaw Productions. In 2021, he won an Emmy for cinematography on the Showtime series The Trade. Then, in 2022, McDonnell won the Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary Emmy for his work on Matthew Heineman’s acclaimed Covid doc, The First Wave.