DELMAR — Police have released the name of the woman whose body was found in a ravine behind Delaware Avenue on Saturday.
Police identified the deceased as Ruth Talmon, 70, of Schenectady County. Identification was made based on an investigation, and was confirmed by dental records.
Foul play is not thought to have been a factor in Talmon’s death.
The initial call that human remains were found on the site was made when a hunter stumbled on the body Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at around 4:20 p.m. The site where the body was found was in a wooded area behind Hoffman’s Car Wash at 55 Delaware Ave.
A detailed search of the area was made on Monday and an autopsy was conducted at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
During the search, items of clothing and generic personal property were found, but they did not indicate the person’s identity, according to a statement from the Bethlehem Police Department.
Police also looked into missing persons cases that remained open and followed up on dozens of leads that came in following the body’s discovery.
“A follow up was conducted on over 75 leads, including a pertinent one developed by police on Sunday, Dec. 3,” according to police. “This lead was based on prior knowledge of events in the area of this incident.”
The lead enabled police to positively identify the body as that of Talmon, a Schenectady County resident who had not been reported missing, police said.
Police added that Talmon’s absence was not viewed as unusual at the time.
“The investigation revealed that she traveled extensively around the Capital Region and the country, and that it was typical for her to not have contact with family or friends for extended periods of time,” police said.
Once police had the lead on Talmon, they were able to “construct a detailed timeline of the last few days of her life, during the last week of September,” according to the police statement.
Dental records confirmed the identification, and following Monday’s autopsy, foul play has been ruled out as a cause of death. However police did not release information as to how Talmon died.
Police have also not said how Talmon’s body came to be located in the wooded area behind Delaware Avenue, in a little-used ravine.
The investigation was conducted by Bethlehem Police, with the assistance of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the New York State Forest Rangers and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Albany County Coroner’s Office.