STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The search for missing doctor Tamara Saukin apparently came to a tragic end Wednesday morning, when the body of a woman believed to be the former physician was discovered in the water at Clove Lakes Park, the Advance/SILive.com has learned.
While the city’s medical examiner must determine the cause of death, there were no immediate signs of foul play on the body, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
The discovery was made by NYPD divers; the Police Department had been combing the park for days, utilizing drones, SCUBA units and hunting for possible video evidence that could have provided clues to her disappearance.
Saukin, 44, an Emerson Hill resident, was last seen inside the park at about 6:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
A law enforcement source previously told the Advance/SILive.com that Saukin was walking with her mother in the park shortly before she went missing.
When the mother went back to her car following the stroll, Saukin decided to walk another lap and that’s when she went disappeared, the source said.
SCENE AT PARK
Police have roped off the body of water near the basketball courts, within feet of Victory Boulevard and Logan Avenue, where the discovery was presumably made. The lake is right next to the ice-skating rink.
An NYPD raft could be seen in the water, and detectives, NYPD Emergency Service Unit members, and officials from the Parks Department and the city medical examiner’s office are among those on scene.
RECENTLY GAVE UP PRACTICE
Saukin held a family medicine practice in Grant City until Oct. 9, when, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” she temporarily withdrew from the practice of medicine, she told her patients in a letter obtained by the Advance/SILive.com.
On her Facebook page, Saukin said she had to withdraw from her practice because of “family issues.”
She was a retired national competitive figure skater and former college track athlete, according to her website.
Her disappearance drew an outpouring of support online.
“Tamara is an extremely kind woman and a respected physician who seems to forge a personal connection with everyone she meets/treats,” one person wrote on Facebook.
This is a developing story and further information will be posted as it becomes available.