The country’s first-ever female Muslim judge was found dead in New York City’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was spotted floating in the water after her husband reported her missing the day before.
The 65-year-old judge was fully clothed, with no obvious signs of trauma suggesting foul play, the New York Post reported.
Abdus-Salaam was a classmate of former Attorney General Eric Holder at Columbia Law School and has been hailed as a pioneer after her rise from a working-class family in Washington DC.
Witnesses noticed Abdus-Salaam’s body floating in the water near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway in Manhattan at around 1.45pm and called 911, police said.
The 65-year-old, who had been reported missing from her Harlem home the day before, was removed from the river and pronounced dead at the pier before her husband identified her body.
The medical examiner has not determined a cause of death and an investigation is ongoing.
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