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Orsolya Gaal’s map shows her movements as ex-NYPD chief reveals cops are tracking phone numbers to plant killer at crime scene

The final moves of a mother found dead in a blood-soaked duffel bag after being stabbed 60 times are pieced together by cops while her killer remains at large.

Orsolya Gaal, 51, was murdered in the basement of her $2 million home in Queens, New York, in the early hours of Saturday morning after returning from a night out.

Orsolya Gaal, 51, was stabbed to death at her home early Saturday

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Orsolya Gaal, 51, was stabbed to death at her home early SaturdayPhoto credit: Facebook/Orsolya Gaal
Her body was found in a blood-soaked suitcase about half a mile from her home

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Her body was found in a blood-soaked suitcase about half a mile from her homePhoto credit: NBC
Orsolya's last known movements are shown in the map above

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Orsolya’s last known movements are shown in the map above

Her killer was later filmed wheeling her body around the neighborhood in a black Bauer hockey bag at 4:30 a.m. before dumping it in the middle of a sidewalk about nine blocks away.

Exactly what happened to the mother of two and who would commit such a vicious crime remains largely a mystery, though investigators suspect Gaal knew her killer.

Gaal had started the day on Friday morning in the backyard of her Forest Hills home. She later headed out with friends to see a show at Lincoln Center in Manhattan before being spotted sitting alone in a bar in Queens sometime around midnight.

Police have identified three people interested in the case after their numbers were found on Gaal’s phone, NYPD sources confirmed to The US Sun.

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One of those people is said to be a former lover of Gaal’s who once worked as a handyman at the house, reports the NY Post.

Robert Boyce, a 35-year veteran of the NYPD, told The US Sun that investigators will use Gaal’s cellphone data to create a map of her recent movements.

They will then combine that data with credit card activity and any surveillance footage captured of her in the hours before her death, he said.

In addition, the cellphone pings of the three people interested in the case are being analyzed by investigators to determine if they were in or near the home at the time of their murder.

“[Gaal] was very active on social media,” Boyce said. “Investigators will take these numbers, link them to Facebook profiles and triangulate them with the house to see if they were there when she was killed.”

Boyce added that if the killer had “half a brain cell,” they probably would have left their phone behind before carrying out the murder.

However, recent reports suggest that police believe the brutal murder was not premeditated because the killer left a trail of blood and the crime scene was not “clean”.

That means it’s possible and probable that the killer had his phone with him while they butchered Gaal, Boyce said.

Furthermore, the nature of her injuries – 58 stab wounds to her neck, body and left arm, and defensive wounds to her hands – suggests the killer knew Gaal and killed her in a sudden outburst of “rage,” he added.

“UNUSUAL DECISIONS”

Boyce said the killer’s decision to remove Gaal’s body from the home was “unusual” and signaled the perpetrator may have panicked immediately after the murder.

“There are two particularly unusual things about this case,” Boyce said, “and the first is that they removed the body from the house.

“That suggests to me that they panicked because it’s a very risky thing.”

Boyce said it made “no sense” to him that the killer would choose to put her body in a bag and physically wheel her from the scene, rather than put her in a car and drive away, “especially if it was very there’s a lot of blood leaking.”

“Besides, who’s up at this time of the night?” he asked. “If you see yourself dragging that bag behind you, you run a high risk of being stopped by the police.

“I would have stopped her, that’s for sure.

“The second unusual thing about this case is that this murder happened in a prosperous, low-crime area,” added the veteran officer. “Security cameras are common in affluent areas, which means you’re more likely to be spotted.”

Boyce surmised that the killer probably decided to remove the body from the basement at 72-24 Juno Street after learning that Gaal’s youngest son was upstairs and they didn’t want him to find it.

The location where Gaal’s remains were ultimately disposed of — in the middle of a sidewalk in a residential area of ​​Forest Hills — suggests the killer may have been “startled” by someone or something, such as an early-morning dog walker or the sound of one approaching car, he said.

SLAM DUNK REQUIRED

Ultimately, Boyce said he believes the investigation into Gaal’s brutal murder will be a “forensic case.”

He believes the police will bid their time and gather all the evidence before approaching a potential suspect.

“The case has to be rock solid because the district attorney wants a smoking gun,” he said. “And they probably need to figure out a motive, too.

“But criminals always make mistakes, and as I always say, it is the police’s responsibility to turn those mistakes into evidence.”

It is currently unclear what forensic evidence police have collected so far in the case.

Investigators spent more than two days at the Gaal family home. The property remains an active crime scene.

One piece of physical — and potentially vital — evidence known to have been recovered by police is surveillance footage of Gaal’s killer rolling her body from her home.

“One thing investigators can tell from the video is whether the killer has an abnormal gait or a unique gait,” Boyce said, referring to the way someone walks and moves.

“If they have a limp or something, then they can be easily identifiable to the police…those distinguishing features become clearer with every look.”

Boyce said he was involved in a case a few years ago in which a hooded gunman who shot someone dead during a botched robbery at a pizza shop was identified by his gait in a surveillance clip.

“There was footage of the shooter walking away…You couldn’t see his face, but he clearly had a limp,” Boyce said.

“We put the clip out and got a call from a woman who said, ‘That’s my husband’ … turns out it was her husband. He severed a toe in a construction accident a few years ago.”

Surveillance footage of Gaal's killer rolling her body away from the house could help unmask the perpetrator

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Surveillance footage of Gaal’s killer rolling her body away from the house could help unmask the perpetratorPhoto credit: NYPD
Gaal is pictured with her husband and two children. Her youngest son was at home when she was murdered

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Gaal is pictured with her husband and two children. Her youngest son was at home when she was murderedCredit: Facebook

In the case of Gaal, Boyce said the suspect appeared to be taking “long strides” and “appeared to be panicking.”

“That’s over 100 pounds he’s dragging but he’s doing it so fast,” he added.

“He [also] appears to be carrying a bag in front of him.”

Another potentially important piece of evidence came in the form of a text message after Gaal’s killer used her phone to text her husband after the murder.

“Your wife sent me to jail a few years ago…I’m back,” the caption read.

The person who wrote the message also threatened to kill the entire family if he called the police.

No suspects have been identified in the case. Gaal’s youngest son was at home, but investigators reportedly do not believe he was involved in the murder.

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Gaal’s husband has yet to respond to a request for comment from The US Sun.

When reached by phone, friends of Gaal’s said they could not speak to the press under orders from the NYPD.

The mother of two was stabbed nearly six times and suffered fatal blows to the neck

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The mother of two was stabbed nearly six times and suffered fatal blows to the neckCredit: Facebook
Police will now check receipts, cellphone data and surveillance footage to trace their recent movements

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Police will now check receipts, cellphone data and surveillance footage to trace their recent movementsPhoto credit: Facebook/Orsolya Gaal
Investigators spent more than two days at Gaal's family home gathering evidence

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Investigators spent more than two days at Gaal’s family home gathering evidencePhoto credit: Splash

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