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Family Seeking Answers After Mysterious Death of 34-Year-Old Woodsider

Jhonatan Rodrigo Ordoñez (via Evelyn Torrero)

Sept. 4, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The family of a 34-year-old Woodside man is grieving and searching for answers after his untimely death.

Jhonatan Rodrigo Ordoñez, father to four children, died on Aug. 27, a week after he was found unconscious with a head injury in a driveway by 42nd Street and 50th Avenue—two houses away from his residence.

Ordoñez was discovered just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 20 by his elderly neighbor, who went outside after she heard a loud bang. Seeing nothing, she began watering her plants, and discovered his strewn, unresponsive body in her driveway, wet from the plant watering.

The elderly woman’s screams alerted Ordoñez’ mother, who ran out and realized that the man, with a gash across his forehead, was her son.

Ordoñez was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he underwent several emergency surgeries.

“They told us that he had to get brain surgery right away or he was going to die,” said Evelyn Terrero, Ordoñez’ 28-year-old sister.

But Ordoñez’ surgeries could not save him, and he was eventually declared brain dead the same day. He was taken off his ventilator days later.

Ordoñez was found on Aug. 20 in the driveway pictured far right. He lived with his mother just two doors down. (NYC ZoLa)

Detectives from the 108th Precinct are currently investigating the incident, which includes conducting an extensive canvas of the area, the NYPD said.

In addition, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed it is investigating Ordoñez’ death. The cause and manner of death, however, have yet to be determined.

Detectives, according to the family, say Ordoñez could have died as a result of a fall, tumbling from the house’s balcony onto the driveway. But the family believes Ordoñez must have been followed and attacked on his way to the Woodside home, where he was living for the past two years with his mom.

He used to live on Long Island with his four children, ranging from age 9 to 16, and his wife, whom he was seeking to separate from.

Terrero claims that new detectives were assigned last week after the family pleaded for a change-up.

A clip from a video of Ordoñez at Elmhurst Hospital (via Evelyn Terrero).

An NYPD spokesperson could not confirm if new detectives were assigned because of the family’s requests. He noted, however, that detectives at the precinct squad level often work collaboratively on different cases.

Still, the family is desperately seeking any answers to Ordoñez’ death and are asking the public for information concerning his case.

“We want to see who saw something,” Terrero said. “Someone must have seen something.”

Ordoñez, whose body will be cremated, with some of his organs to be donated to needy recipients, was described as the life of the party who was never seen without a smile on his face.

“We still can’t believe it,” Terrero said. “It’s impossible not to hear his voice.”

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Sad stuff slot of people are very sad over this can’t believe it was a year already. He will be missed by the 580 staff he worked with

silent majority

The should contact Celtic property office they do have cameras which are saved to hard drives. Its worth a try.

cItizen, justice seeker

God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
I want to say that I had a very bad experience in Elmhurst hospital where I almost lost my baby because the staff wasn’t prepared or just didn’t care. I would not take any loved one to that hospital in case of an emergency…
I hope the detectives are making progress and will be waiting for updates. My condolences to all those whose lives he touched and the family.


Where do we sign up to get updates on news like this? It seems to me that SSpost does not really follow up on these crimes unless PCT informs them with good news, should we assume that every crime/incident goes unsolved if we don’t hear about it, if so, that’s a horrible track record for our area.


For a man that donated his organs, there should definitely should be a follow up on any updates Related to this story.

He may have been drunk.

That house is in direct line of sight with the newly installed surveillance system on the old ST. Theresa school. Shouldn’t be that hard.


That house is on 42nd street, right across the Celtic building. St. Theresa’s church is two blocks over, at 44street and 50Avenue. Celtic though does have cameras.


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