Divers search for missing women, find old artillery shell

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Hudson River has become the place of some very grim and strange discoveries lately.

On Monday morning, a woman’s body believed to be that of a missing Colonie woman was pulled from the river in Waterford. But, the divers have also been busy on another missing person’s case.

For one local family they got the news they had been dreading. It was also a long, potentially hazardous day for divers, who working on not one – but three separate searches.

Nearly 24 hours after she went missing, the body of Patrice Zimmerman was recovered from the Hudson River. Police say the married Colonie mother and grandmother had gone missing from her Sutherland Drive home. Her Honda CR-V was later found parked with the keys left inside in a lot near the river in Waterford and police do not suspect foul play.

But, the Hudson may hold more clues. In another yet unsolved missing person’s case. Directly across the river in Troy, those same New York State Police divers hopped back into the frigid water, returning to their search for clues in the case of Noel Alkaramla.

Sources close to the case of the missing 21-year-old say a male figure was captured on security camera walking in Riverfront Park with what appeared to be a suitcase. The same subject was spotted leaving without any bag.

And if this wasn’t enough, the divers were also called upon to help retrieve an old artillery shell… an accidental discovery made during the Alkaramla search. The U.S. Navy, which was on scene, determined it was inert and harmless.

But no matter how exhausted they are. NEWS10ABC is told the divers will return again to the river tomorrow.

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