SCHENECTADY — City police are investigating the death of a woman found Wednesday morning on a bus parked in a motel parking lot.
The body was found on a white charter bus parked at the Imperial Motel on State Street in Schenectady. Authorities could be seen removing the body just after 10 a.m.
An autopsy later came back negative for any signs of trauma and the death does not appear suspicious owing to underlying medical conditions discovered during the examination, said Sgt. Jeff McCutcheon on Wednesday evening.
“However we will have to wait for a toxicology test to come back to determine cause of death,” McCutcheon said.
Police have determined the woman’s identity, but did not release it Wednesday evening, citing pending notification of family members. Police have said she was in her 30s and is believed to have been from the area.
The driver of the bus found the body and notified police through his manager.
Police identified the operator as Fox Bus Inc., which operates buses between Schenectady and Albany and New York City.
Police believe the bus had made its run to Schenectady Tuesday night and dropped off its passengers at the corner of State Street and Nott Terrace, McCutcheon said earlier Wednesday. The bus driver then drove to the nearby Imperial Motel to get some rest for the night.
The driver discovered the woman’s body while doing a sweep of the bus prior to starting his day, McCutcheon said. It was unclear if the driver performed a similar check Tuesday evening.
Police were not immediately sure whether the woman was a passenger from the previous night’s run, or why she was on the bus, McCutcheon said.
An early difficulty in the investigation had been a language barrier with the driver, who speaks Mandarin. McCutcheon said. Investigators utilized a state police interpreter to speak with the driver directly.
Investigators also canvassed the area for possible witnesses.
Along with the state police, the state Department of Transportation was assisting.
Police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon speaks to reporters at the scene:
Police at the scene Wednesday morning. Photo by Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer