America’s first female Muslim judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead in New York’s Hudson River

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On Wednesday afternoon the body of Sheila Abdus-Shalaam was found in the Hudson River near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway

  • Abdus-Salaam was the first female Muslim judge to be appointed in the US

  • Police said there were no signs of fould play and they are investigating the death as a suicide at this time

  • The New York Police Department said a medical examiner should know the cause of death soon

Police are investigating the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first female Muslim judge to be appointed in the US, as a possible suicide after her body was found in the Hudson River on Wednesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, 911 received a phone call after the body of 65-year-old Abdus-Salaam was found in the Hudson River. Abdus-Salaam was found fully clothed near 132nd Street and Hudson Parkway.

Abdus-Salaam was said to have been wearing running gear that included a black zipper hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants, a gray T-shirt and New Balance sneakers.

Police also found a Metrocard in her possession, but her cell phone was said to have been left at home. Investigators told the New York Times that they did not believe Abdus-Salaam was in the river for long before her body was discovered.

Abdus-Salaam’s husband believes the last time anybody spoke to her was on Tuesday at roughly 9:00 am. On Tuesday morning Abdus-Salaam called her secretary at her Midtown Manhattan chambers to say she would not be coming into work.

Abdus-Salaam was last seen on Monday evening around 8:00 pm getting on board the No. 6 subway line, according to the investigation.

It was reported that Abdus-Salaam’s body showed no signs of foul play, leading investigators to explore the possibly of suicide. Abdus-Salaam’s husband identified her body. According to the New York Police Department, a medical examiner should know the official cause of death soon.

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