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Body Found in Irvington is Missing Woman

UPDATE: This story has been updated with further information provided by Police Chief Michael Cerone.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Medical Examiner Office confirmed the body found in Irvington on Monday is 84-year-old Betty Iannarelli, the woman who wandered from her Irvington home in early August and had been the subject of a community-wide search effort.

The medical examiner's office said the cause and the manner of death are undetermined.

Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone said a groundskeeper found Iannarelli's body in a wooded marshland north of Matthiessen Park around 3:15 p.m. on Monday.  Cerone said the heavy rains, followed by a heat wave, likely made it more difficult for police dogs to locate Iannarelli.

“The weather played a part in it,” Cerone said.  “The day after she went missing we had a serious rain storm.”

Cerone said Iannarelli’s body was found in between a hurricane fence made of plastic and a foot and a half high stone wall.  The area she was found in, which was just a quarter of a mile from her home, could not be seen from eye level, according to Cerone. 

“If you look across, there’s a drop off from where you’re standing,” he said.  “I would say she was there from when she went missing.”

Iannarelli, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, had been missing for a month after wandering from her South Broadway home. She was last seen on Aug. 5 at 1:55 a.m. on a surveillance camera walking up Main Street in an aqua blue housedress and flip-flops. In addition to the ongoing police search for Iannarelli, friends and neighbors joined in the search, held a candlelight vigil, while the family offered a reward in hopes of finding her.

“Myself and the police department and the village of Irvington offer our condolences,” Cerone said.  “We did everything we possibly could.” 

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