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NYPD Closes Investigation Into Death of Judge Found in Hudson River

 Abdus-Salaam was the first African-American woman to sit on the state Court of Appeals.
Abdus-Salaam was the first African-American woman to sit on the state Court of Appeals.
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HARLEM — The NYPD has closed its probe into the death of pioneering Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, officials said Wednesday. 

Investigators handed the case over to the city's Medical Examiner, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. 

“We gave all of our evidence to the… Chief Medical Examiner," he said. "At some point the Chief Medical Examiner will provide a cause of death or a statement in regards to that."

The body of Abdus-Salaam, 65, the first African-American woman to sit on the state Court of Appeals, was found fully clothed in the Hudson River on April 12. Investigators had been poring over surveillance footage to piece together her whereabouts prior to her going missing. 

“We’ve put a lot of man-hours into it, a lot of video,” Boyce said. “We were able to find her at Riverside Park, and that’s the last time she was seen.”

The Medical Examiner's previously office told DNAinfo New York that Abdus-Salaam's body had been claimed and that it was awaiting the completion of the police investigation. 

A representative from the Medical Examiner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. The NYPD previously said there was no indication of foul play. 

Her husband, Gregory Jacobs, previously said in a statement that claims that she took her own life "have no basis in reality."