Authorities in New York have positively identified the body pulled from water at Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park on Wednesday as missing Dr. Tamara Saukin.
On Wednesday morning, police found the body in water at the park where Saukin is believed to have disappeared on November 18, after she went for an early-morning walk with her mother. The missing woman’s mother reportedly told police that Saukin, 44, had chosen to continue walking in the park after her mother decided to return to her car.
Saukin, a family practitioner, had a private practice on Staten Island until October, when her office announced in a letter to patients that Saukin was taking a temporary leave from practicing medicine, which Saukin attributed to “family issues” in a comment on her Facebook page. Saukin also surrendered her medical license in a voluntary action that was not disciplinary in nature.
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Police have released very little information about the ongoing investigation. An NYPD spokesperson told CrimeOnline on Friday that a cause of death has yet to be determined, and is pending a completed autopsy. Police had said earlier in the investigation there was no evidence of foul play.
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