The New York Police Department (NYPD) has determined the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam “suspicious,” and on Tuesday took to Twitter asking the public’s help tracing her final days before her body surfaced in the Hudson River.
Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court, struggled with depression and likely committed suicide, police sources said.
Still, because the 65-year-old judge was found floating fully clothed on the Manhattan side of the river, with no clear indication of how she died, cops have to pursue any leads in the case, officials said.
“Suspicious means we don't know what happened. That's why it's suspicious,” said Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesperson.“We have to look at all possible leads. There's nothing at this point to indicate criminality."
NY Court of Appeals judge found dead near Hudson River, Authorities discovered Abdus-Salaam dead just a mile away from her Harlem home.
“Anyone with info is asked to call our detectives,” a tweet from Manhattan’s 26th Precinct read in part.