Sheila Abdus-Salaam: Body of first Muslim woman to serve as US judge found floating in river

Body of first Muslim woman to serve as US judge found floating in river

The woman's body was found in the Hudson River (Stock image)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge has been found dead in New York's Hudson river.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam was an associate judge of New York’s highest court, according to The Guardian.

Her body was fully clothed, found floating near Harlem on Wednesday (April 12) at around 1:45pm (local time), according to a police spokesperson.

Abdus-Salaam was pronounced dead at the scene. The 65-year-old had been reported missing earlier that day, the New York Post said.

The body has been identified by her family, but police officers have not speculated on the cause of death, as her body shows no immediate signs of trauma.

A spokesperson said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of her death.

Abdus-Salaam was also the first African-American woman to be appointed to the court of appeals in 2013, by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo.

In a statement Cuomo said: "Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”