Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the body of a woman was found floating in the Hudson River today (Tuesday).
A passing boater spotted the body floating in the river at about 10:00 A.M. this morning and called 911. A West Point Fire Department boat was the first emergency vessel to reach the body, followed by patrol boats from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Rockland County Sheriff’s Office. The body was recovered near the middle of the river in waters bounded by Garrison on the eastern shore and Highland Falls on the western bank.
The body was transported to a dock at the Garrison Yacht Club in Garrison Landing, where the coroner was summoned and made the official pronouncement of death. The District Attorney’s Office was also notified. The body was removed by an undertaker to the Putnam County morgue, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The unidentified victim is described as a woman with dark skin, possibly Hispanic, in her late 30s or early 40s, with black hair worn in a ponytail past her shoulders. She was wearing a black blouse, Aero brand blue jeans, and black ankle-high boots.
Anyone who may have information concerning the woman’s identity or the circumstances of her death is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-8060. All calls will be treated confidentially.