Police are investigating the death of a 62-year-old woman, who apparently fell from a 16-story Manhattan building hours after being released from a psychiatric institution.
The New York Daily News reported that the woman, later identified as Diane Brammer, plummeted from an apartment window at around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities said the woman descended onto a second-floor landing. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
“I didn’t see it exactly but I heard a thump twice because she bounced off the floor,” a doorman at a building across the street told the New York Post.
Police don’t believe foul play was involved in Wednesday’s fatal incident, according to WNBC.
Responding police noticed that the window she possibly fell from was closed when they arrived, originally leading them to think the 62-year-old didn’t jump on her own accord.
Brammer was supposedly at her boyfriend’s Upper West Side apartment at the time. WNBC reported that officers spent hours interviewing the boyfriend to determine whether she was pushed, jumped or fell. The unnamed man was released and never charged.
While WNBC reported that the boyfriend was home at the time, the Daily News wrote that the apartment was vacant and that he was seen walking into the building following the fatal incident.
However, the Daily News introduced another aspect into the case Thursday afternoon. Police sources supposedly told the local paper that Brammer had just been released from a psychiatric center after four years. Brammer’s relatives allegedly told officers that she was allowed to leave the institution Wednesday to visit family.
Police sources also told the Daily News that Brammer admitted to loved ones that, despite treatment, she was struggling with suicidal thoughts.
Sources claimed that Brammer had visited the 72-year-old friend, who lives on the top floor, for two hours before jumping. An hour in, the man is said to have briefly left to use the bathroom.
While using the bathroom, he allegedly heard a loud bang, which he believed was Brammer leaving the apartment. The man noticed Brammer was no longer in the residence and, not realizing what happened, he left for church to watch a movie, sources also revealed.
Though Brammer was last seen sitting near the kitchen window, she is now believed to have jumped from another location in the building.
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