Second autopsy completed on Szostak

A second autopsy on the body of Joshua Szostak, which was found last week in the Hudson River near C
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A second autopsy on the body of Joshua Szostak, which was found last week in the Hudson River near Coxsackie, is complete, but findings have not yet been released.

Renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who has been involved with the O.J. Simpson case and other high-profile investigations, performed the autopsy today at the family’s request.

He would not provide a cause of death and declined to release details this afternoon, saying that it is up to the family to disclose the findings.

He also would not say if his findings differed from the results of the first autopsy, which determined Szostak accidentally drowned.

Baden said he had discussed the findings with Bill Szostak, Joshua’s father, who could not be reached this afternoon to comment.

Baden is on the state police payroll as a part-time consultant. “In regards to this case, he has been asked by the family and all questions are being referred to the family,” said State Police Sgt. Kern Swoboda.

Albany police closed the case last week when an autopsy done by Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, a pathologist with the Albany County coroner’s office, determined Szostak accidentally drowned.

Hubbard said there were no signs of trauma to the body other than what would be expected on a body that had been in the Hudson River for several months. He said there were no gunshot or other wounds.

Szostak’s family believes he was a victim of foul play.

Szostak, 21, was last seen drinking at the Bayou Cafe on North Pearl Street in downtown Albany at 12:15 a.m. Dec. 23. He was recorded several minutes later on video surveillance at the intersection of State and North Pearl streets.

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