US judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to serve in New York’s highest court, has been found dead in the city’s Hudson River.
The 65-year-old is also widely reported to have been the country’s first female Muslim judge.
According to BBC News, New York police said they pulled her from the water and pronounced her dead yesterday after being alerted by an emergency call. Her husband had reported her missing.
New York police say Judge Abdus-Salaam’s family identified her and a post-mortem examination will determine the cause of death.
They added that the body was fully clothed and showed no signs of trauma.