CLAVERACK — The death of a woman whose body was found floating in a Claverack pond Thursday does not appear to be suspicious, Lt. John Rivero of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
“The body found in a pond on Schroeder Road Thursday afternoon was that of a middle-aged female,” Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett said Friday.
Sheriff’s investigators have identified the woman, but are not releasing her name or where she lives pending notification of family members, Bartlett said.
An autopsy was performed Friday morning at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. The death does not appear to be suspicious at this time, but the investigation into the case is continuing, Bartlett said.
At about 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Columbia County 911 sent Mellenville Fire Company, Greenport Rescue Squad and Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies to an area near 48 Schroeder Road, after they received reports that the body of a woman was found floating in a pond next to the road.
Police would not reveal Friday how the body was found or the circumstances surrounding the discovery.
Dozens of sheriff’s deputies and investigators were on the scene for several hours Thursday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the body, Rivero said.
State police assisted at the scene.
Police tape surrounded the area to keep onlookers at bay while police worked. Schroeder Road was closed to traffic in the area of the pond while the investigation was taking place, about a half mile off Route 217.