Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on New York State’s highest court and the first African-American woman to serve on that bench, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River, reports the New York Times. Police responded about 1:45 p.m. to a report of a person floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan. Abdus-Salaam, 65, was taken to a pier and was pronounced dead.
Police said they found no sign of foul play. Her body showed no trauma and was fully clothed. She lived in Harlem, about a mile from where her body was found, and had been reported missing the previous day by her husband. Since 2013, Judge Abdus-Salaam had been one of seven judges on the State Court of Appeals. Before that, she served for about four years as an associate justice on the First Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, and for 15 years as a State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan.