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Tragic Discovery in the East River

The City Medical Examiner’s office is performing an autopsy on the body of a woman discovered floating in the waters of the East River beside Astoria Park on Sunday December 10. The Western Queens Gazette is reporting that the body was that of a dark-haired Asian woman in her 20s, who was not carrying any identification.

A police spokesperson said that an anonymous call was made on Sunday morning reporting seeing a woman in the river. The shoreline of the East River is not accessible from the park and is usually deserted except when volunteers are doing a clean-up (which was not the case on Sunday), so the person calling in the report likely saw the body from above the sea wall at Shore Blvd or from a passing boat.

So far the victim remains unidentified. If you have any information that could assist the investigation, please contact the 114th Precinct, call the NYPD Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


Shoreline at Astoria Park; photo credit Clare Doyle

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Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City

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