Woman's Body Found In Canal

12/30/12 6am - Seneca Falls Town Police News Release-

On Friday Dec 27th, 2012 Seneca Falls Police received a report of a 49 year old Seneca Falls female in the canal off of Cowing Street. 

SFPD, NYS Park Police and a member of the females’ family located a point of entry behind 27 Fall Street.  Personal effects of the female were also located near the suspected point of entry.  The Seneca Falls Fire Department and Seneca County Dive Team was activated and responded to the scene along with the Border City Fire Department Dive Team and Seneca Co. Office of Emergency Services and dive search/recovery operations began. 

Mutual aid assistance in the form of dive teams and support personnel from surrounding counties responded and assisted with the dive operations.  Dive operations concluded around 6pm Friday and resumed Saturday morning.  During the investigation documentation was located that led the case being investigated as a suicide. 

Saturday’s operations included the use of a K-9 Recovery/Cadaver unit and additional dive
operations.  The canal was also lowered about 3 feet which proved about 10 additional feet of shoreline to aid in search operations which included the deployment of an underwater camera system.  At approximately 4:30pm on Saturday the body of the 49 year old female was located about ¼ mile from the suspected entry point. 

SFPD is not releasing the name of the female. 

During the operations the following agencies provided assistance:  New York State Park Police, Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Dept., New York State Police, Ontario Co Sheriff Dive Team, Waterloo FD, Fayette, FD, Cayuga FD, Aurora FD, Aurelius FD, Skaneateles FD, Owasco FD, North Seneca Ambulance and the Seneca Falls FD Ladies Auxillery. 

On behalf of all those who responded SFPD would like to thank the Trinity Episcopal Church for the use of their facility in providing a warm location for responders to gather during the operations.



UPDATE:9pm- The search was called off just after 6pm.   Fire and police searched the shores of Van Cleef Lake and the Seneca Falls canal locks late in the day Friday. The search will resume Saturday morning.  Finger Lakes Daily News is not reporting the vicitim's name until released by police.  Friends are commenting on Facebook, and she has been identified on the social networking site.


An unidentified woman jumped into the canal in Seneca Falls this afternoon.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Department, Seneca Falls Police, State Police, and New York State Environmental Conservation Officers all responded to Lower Fall Street about 12:15 pm for the report of person jumping in the water behind the Trinity Episcopal Church.

The woman reportedly left a note and cell phone on the ground near where she jumped in. 


Divers from the Seneca County Sheriff's Dive Team and the Border City Fire Department's Dive Team began searching the waters of the canal in the area known as Van Cleef Lake just after 2pm.

The woman's family members were called to the scene.

The Seneca Falls Fire Department and North Seneca Ambulance were assisting at the scene.

Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio

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