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Body discovered in Mohawk River identified as missing Saratoga Springs woman

Body discovered in Mohawk River identified as missing Saratoga Springs woman

The body of a Saratoga Springs woman reported missing last October was found Sunday near the Mohawk

The body of a Saratoga Springs woman reported missing last October was found Sunday near the Mohawk River.

Her body was removed from the scene by the state police and a post-mortem exam was conducted Monday by Dr. Michael Sikirica at Albany Medical Center. Cynthia Gavitt’s identity was confirmed during the exam, and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation by drowning. The death has been ruled a suicide.

Gavitt, 48, was the mother of two and the wife of state police Capt. William Gavitt. She had experienced major medical problems since the beginning of 2011 and was reported missing after her 2004 silver Toyota Camry was located in a parking lot on Canal Road in Halfmoon, just west of the Crescent Bridge, on Oct. 29. State police said at that time they did not suspect criminal activity in her disappearance.

Campers found the body Sunday a half mile north of Cohoes Falls and called Waterford police, state police said.

“The Gavitt family appreciates all the concern and best wishes expressed to them by their many friends and the citizens of the greater Capital District over the past seven months,” state police said in a statement.

Divers searched the river for about a week in late October and early November for the body, and state police asked the public’s help in trying to find the missing woman.

Gavitt was described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 130 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Her husband worked for Troop G in Loudonville.

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