[Ed. – Foul play not suspected.]
The body of the United States’ first ever female Muslim judge was found Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River near Manhattan, according to a Wednesday New York Post report.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals. She was the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s top court. She was 65.
She had been reported missing earlier in the day, the newspaper reports.
Her husband later confirmed her identity.
Sources tell the Post that there were no visible signs of trauma or physical injuries suggesting foul play.
Police are still investigating.
Abdus-Salaam worked as an attorney at East Brooklyn Legal Services after graduating from Columbia Law School.
She continued to rise in the ranks until she was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1993, and then appointed to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) 20 years later in 2013.