Sheriff investigates connection with Little Stony Point mystery
By Kevin E. Foley
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department is conducting a death investigation into human remains, which were located floating in the Hudson River. According to the Sheriff’s office, at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, a kayaker found a naked body in the river near Constitution Island in Cold Spring. The boater notified officials at the United States Military Academy at West Point who then launched a boat to the scene and then notified the Sheriff’s office.
Members of the Sheriff’s marine unit, along with uniformed patrol deputies and investigators responded and recovered the body. After being pronounced dead by Dr. William Stahl, of the Putnam County Coroner’s Office, the body was transported to the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and determine the person’s identity. The victim is described as: a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, with salt and pepper colored hair.
On Friday night, Aug. 12, police from various departments were seen combing the Little Stony Point area on foot and in helicopters in search of a missing person. Chief Gerald Schramek, of the Sheriff’s office, confirmed to Philipstown.info the connection between the two events is under active investigation. In an interview with Philipstown.info, John Teagle, caretaker for Little Stony Point Park, acknowledged the police presence on Friday night and said the police discovered an individual’s personal belongings on the beach and could not locate the owner.
At the scene of the body’s discovery, members of the New York State Park Police and Cold Spring Fire Department assisted Sheriff’s personnel. The investigation is continuing by investigators from the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and members of the New York State Park Police.