Bodies identified

Investigation of women found in Hudson River continues

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Investigators released photos of her jewelry and apparel to help identify her.
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The composite sketch created to help identify Debra King who was found in the Hudson River in October.
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Investigators released photos of her jewelry and apparel to help identify her.
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The composite sketch created to help identify Debra King who was found in the Hudson River in October.

The bodies of two women found in the Hudson River a month apart have been identified, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The first body, found in the Hudson River near the Hoboken Terminal on Oct. 1, has been identified as Debra King, 62, of the Bronx. She was reported missing, having been last spotted on Sept. 23, near her home at noon.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, shortly after 3 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department received a report concerning a possible body floating in the Hudson River near the Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken.

According to a press release, a concerned citizen directed members of the Hoboken Police Department and the NJ Transit Police Department to the location of the body, and notification was made to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

The body was removed from the water with the assistance of the Hoboken Fire Department, and the woman was pronounced dead at approximately 4:30 p.m.

At the time she was found, the woman was wearing black pants, a black long-sleeved sweater and a light-green shirt containing a swirling/flowery bead pattern.

The New Jersey State Police Department Forensic Photography & Composite Artist Unit developed a composite sketch of the woman to help with her identification, and investigators distributed the sketch through all appropriate channels.

To assist with her identification, investigators provided photographs of several pieces of unique jewelry she was found to be wearing at the time of her death, as well as a pair of black Puma sneakers.

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit detectives who had been investigating her death, sought the public’s assistance in identifying her.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the exact cause and manner of death are still pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiners Office but “at this stage of the investigation, there is no perceived threat to the public.”

Newark woman found off Jersey City 

The second body was found nearly a month later on Nov. 5 floating near the Newport Marina in Jersey City.

She has been identified as Delali Amenyedo, age 21, of Newark.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, shortly after 12:30 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a body floating in the Hudson River near Newport Marina in Jersey City.

Responding Jersey City Police Officers found the badly decomposed body, and the Jersey City Fire Department removed it from the water, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:45 p.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office but “at this stage of the investigation, there is no perceived threat to the public,” according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation into both deaths is ongoing.

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