Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first Muslim female judge to be seated in the United States, was found dead, floating in the Hudson River on Wednesday. Abdus-Salaam was reported missing from her home in Harlem earlier in the day, officials confirmed. She was 65.
Abdus-Salaam was also noted as being the first African-American New York State Court Justice. She was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1993. At the time of her passing, Abdus-Salaam was serving on the New York State Court of Appeals.
According to News 4 New York, a call was made to the NYPD regarding a body floating in the Hudson River near West 132nd Street and Henry Hudson Parkway. They identified the victim as Abdus-Salaam, and her husband confirmed that his wife was the deceased victim.