2001-02-24 / Front Page

Woman Found Dead Near Riis Park Jetty

By Joan Ward George

Cummin's body being taken out of the water by Emergency Medical Service personnel.Cummin's body being taken out of the water by Emergency Medical Service personnel.

The body of 55 year old Julia Cummins of Rockaway Park was discovered early Wednesday morning floating near a jetty in Riis Park by a man out for a morning walk on the beach.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Cummins, of 117-05 Beach Channel Drive, floating face down near the jetty. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8 Bay 9, Riis Park.

According to police, Cummins’ belongings were found lying at the shoreline and that she was seen sitting there earlier by a woman beachcomber.

Although the investigation is ongoing, at the time The Wave went to press Thursday the police were working on the assumption that Cummins’ death was accidental. According to early reports Thursday, it appears that Cummins died from natural causes, based on the preliminary findings of the medical examiner’s office.

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