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The body of former New York State Supreme Court Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, was found floating in the Hudson River off Manhattan Island on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
The New York Police Department Harbor Unit responded after witnesses spotted Abdus-Salaam’s fully-clothed body floating in the Hudson River near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway.
Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her home in Harlem earlier in the day. Her husband later identified her body to police.
Sources told the Post that Abdus-Salaam’s body showed no signs of trauma or injury that would suggest foul play. Police are currently investigating the cause of her death.
In addition to being the first Muslim female judge to serve on the bench, Abdus-Salaam was also the first African-American to serve on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) appointed Abdus-Salaam to the position in 2013. On Wednesday, Cuomo remembered her as a “pioneer” and a “trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.”