Two dead bodies pulled from Williamsburg waters this morning

Two dead bodies pulled from Williamsburg waters this morning
Photo by Paul Martinka

Authorities pulled the dead bodies of two women from Williamsburg waters within a few hours of each other on Wednesday morning.

Police say they got word of the first woman in the East River near N. Fifth Street at around 7:45 am, and arrived to find the naked body of 50-year-old Williamsburger Haydee Rivera face down in the water.

The medical examiner has not determined the cause of death, but a police spokeswoman said there was no apparent trauma to the body.

Then around 10 am, cops discovered the body of a missing Queens woman in the Newtown Creek.

Police found 69-year-old Elba Santiago floating near Metropolitan Avenue and Grand Street, a day after her family reported her missing from home.

Santiago appears to have committed suicide, said a police spokesperson, though there is no official cause of death yet.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.