Police: Body found on shore is missing Riverhead woman

12/04/2010 11:49 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Police searched for Susan Hanna, 48, after her car was found by the Long Island Sound Saturday morning

Police have confirmed that the body found on the shore of the Long Island Sound in Northville Saturday afternoon is that of 48-year-old Susan Hanna who had been missing since that morning.

Authorities had called off the search for Ms. Hanna of Riverhead, who was though to be suicidal, yesterday afternoon, according to Riverhead Police. She had been been missing since 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police said Susan Hanna, described as despondent and having a history of depression, was reported missing by her mother.

Police had set up a command center near the Long Island Sound after Ms. Hanna’s car, a gray Honda Civic, was found at the end of Oakleigh Drive in Baiting Hollow about 10 a.m. Saturday.

A search squad had walked the shoreline from Creek Road in Wading River to the Southold Town line, but did not find Ms. Hanna.

Riverhead Police Lieutenant David Lessard said the U.S. Coast Guard and the Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau searched the waters Saturday morning. Water rescue units with the Jamesport, Wading River and Riverhead fire departments also responded to the scene, but their boats were not launched as the surf was too rough.
Lt. Lessard said about 60 volunteers were involved in the search.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s department, the Flanders Fire Department and the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company also responded to the scene.

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