Police: Body of Nicholas MacQueen, 65, found outside Emanuel Lutheran Church on East Main Street in Patchogue

Police say a body was discovered Saturday afternoon outside of Emanuel Lutheran Church on East Main Street in Patchogue. Police have identified the body as

Suffolk detectives are not saying if the death

Suffolk detectives are not saying if the death appears to be suspicious.

PATCHOGUE - Police say a man's body was discovered Saturday afternoon outside of Emanuel Lutheran Church on East Main Street in Patchogue.

Police have identified the body as 65-year-old Nicholas MacQueen. They say it appears he was a "victim of violence," although they have not said how he died.

A parishioner with the church says he found MacQueen surrounded by debris. Witnesses say the body was covered in blood.

Fellow parishioners say MacQueen was a homeless Vietnam veteran who had just been welcomed to their congregation through the church's soup kitchen program. They say he had recently started attending church services.

Denise Norman, principal of the Emanuel Lutheran School that's connected to the church, says police are reviewing surveillance video from the area. She says MacQueen had "taken shelter" outside of the church, but stressed that the school is secure.

Islandia resident David Tennebaum says he knew MacQueen for years. He says he had a 29-year-old daughter, but otherwise lived a rough life.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

A spokesperson for Rep. Zeldin says that the 1 Reps. Zeldin, King opt for 'telephone town halls' with public
FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file 2 Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance
Horace Cummings, 34, was driving while drunk and 3 Roosevelt man takes plea deal in crash that killed girlfriend
This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist's 4 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
News 12 Long Island reported the findings in 5 Blood tests offered, no cleanup plan yet for Westhampton water contamination

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE