- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PORT DICKINSON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve identified a body found in the Chenango River as a 37-year-old upstate New York woman who had been missing since early April.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says Brenda Halpin’s body was identified Thursday using fingerprint comparison and analysis. Officials say an autopsy determined the cause of death was drowning.

Halpin’s decomposed body was found Tuesday afternoon by a man walking along the river in Port Dickinson, just north of Binghamton.

She had last been seen on April 8 at her home in nearby Chenango Bridge. Family members tell the Press and Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton that she has been afflicted with Huntington’s disease, a fatal condition that affects a person’s physical and mental abilities

The sheriff’s office says it hasn’t closed the investigation into the circumstances of Halpin’s death.

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