http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/ar...ool-329805.phpAn NYPD official's search for his missing wife ended tragically Wednesday when her car was found at the bottom of the family's backyard swimming pool in a New York City suburb.
Marianne Bax, 52, of West Nyack, was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon, said Clarkstown Police spokesman Sgt. Harry Baumann.
NYPD Deputy Inspector Wayne Bax and son, Christopher, an officer with the Clarkstown Police Department, filed a missing person's report Wednesday morning, but later noticed the ice on the pool was broken.
The father and son told police Bax was missing when they returned to the West Nyack home late Tuesday. The Rockland County hamlet is about 25 miles north of New York City.
It appeared Bax had driven the car in reverse across more than 100 feet of the home's side lawn and crashed through a chain-link fence before the car sank in the pool, Baumann said.
Investigators have ruled out foul play and said the death appears accidental. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
http://www.lohud.com/article/2010012...ning--exposureMarianne Bax, the 52-year-old West Nyack woman who apparently backed her car into a swimming pool in her back yard, died from "drowning and cold exposure," the Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement.
"Additional tests are being performed to determine manner of death, which remains pending at this time," the statement said.
Detective Lt. Charles Delo, head of Clarkstown's detective bureau that is investigating the case, said police were also awaiting a toxicology report, which could take up to six weeks. The medical examiner will also look into her medical history, he said.
Administrative Sgt. Harry Baumann, spokesman for the police department, said a family member told investigators the victim suffered from multiple sclerosis and that may have been responsible for weakening her leg. However, police had not concluded that was a factor.
Delo said suicide also would be considered since "we're lacking a good explanation of the cause."