Body of NY haredi mom missing for four months found in Hudson River


(JTA) — The body of a haredi Orthodox mother from New York’s Rockland County who had been reported missing in April was discovered in the Hudson River upstate.

The body was discovered Wednesday near Bear Mountain Bridge and positively identified the following day as that of Malky Lebowitz, nee Einhorn, the news site Crownheights Info reported. Lebowitz, 21, was married and the mother of a baby girl.

Formerly a member of the Satmar community, she lived in New City after moving from the neighboring town of Monsey, which has a large haredi population.

On April 27, police began searching near the area where the body was found after seeing footage from a closed circuit television camera showing a woman jumping into the Hudson River from the bridge.

Yossi Morgeretan, coordinator of the Chaverim of Rockland, a volunteer emergency services organization, recovered the body, according to Crownheights Info. The report did not indicate the cause of death.

The family and close friends have been notified.

Following the woman’s disappearance, rescue units from numerous departments and agencies searched for nearly a week without any results, Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for the Westchester County police, told the media at the time.

Crownheights Info published a photograph of a smiling Lebowitz wearing a head cover favored by many haredi women while embracing a laughing baby and a rubber ball at what appears to be a play corner for children.

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