Body found in Hudson identified as Patrice Zimmerman

UPDATE:  Police tell NEWS10ABC from following an autopsy Tuesday afternoon at the Albany Medical Center, the body located this morning in the Hudson River near Peebles Island has been positively identified as Patrice Zimmerman.

The cause of death has been determined to be asphyxia due to drowning. The manner of death is pending toxicology results.

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Zimmerman was found to have a laceration on her face that is believed to be responsible for the blood found in the house. The investigation is still open, but no new information indicates any foul play.

The investigation will continue to review surveillance images and await the final toxicology report.


WATERFORD, NY (NEWS 10) – Colonie Police confirm to News10ABC that divers have recovered a body from the river Tuesday morning, but it has not yet been positively identified as belonging to 58-year-old Patrice Zimmerman.

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Police say they found Zimmerman’s unoccupied Honda CRV in a parking lot near the Hudson River in Waterford Monday night around 5:30 p.m.. Colonie Police had been searching for Zimmerman since early Monday morning after her husband, whom police say was out of town, called them saying she was not answering the phone.

Police say they found a small amount of blood in the Zimmerman’s Sutherland Drive home, and they believed that was perhaps due to an injury from a fall.

Waterford Body Search

Zimmerman had also left behind her cellphone and purse.

Colonie Police say they have notified the woman’s family of the body found and are not yet releasing any other information pending positive identification.

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