US’ first female Muslim judge found dead in a river



Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, listens to oral arguments on whether criminal defendants should be allowed to use allegations made in civil rights lawsuits against police witnesses to question their credibility during cross-examination at the Court of Appeals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

First Muslim woman to serve as a US judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River, police said.

New York police said they pulled Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65-year-old from the water and pronounced her dead on Wednesday after being alerted by an emergency call.

Her husband had reported her missing, police said.

They are reportedly treating the death as a possible suicide but an investigation is ongoing.
The body was fully clothed and showed no signs of trauma or criminality, police said.

Her husband told police she had not been heard from since Tuesday morning.

Judge Abdus-Salaam’s brother took his own life three years ago and she had been battling depression, according to reports.

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