Dead body found, may be missing woman

KINDERKOOK—Based on information developed during their investigation, Sheriff’s Office personnel found the dead body a woman in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 10.

While the identity of the deceased has not yet been confirmed, authorities say it may be a Copake woman, who has been missing for about a week.

Halle P. Schmidt, 21, of Pumpkin Hollow Road, Copake was reported missing by family members September 4.

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Halle P. Schmidt

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said Saturday afternoon, September 10 that Sheriff’s Office personnel found the woman’s body in a wooded area off Old Post Road, near Rabbit Lane off Route 9H between 3 and 4 a.m. that morning. State Police were assisting with forensic evidence at the scene.

The cause of death has not yet been determined and foul play has not been ruled out.

An autopsy will be performed on the body by Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard the morning of Sunday, September 11 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

Ms. Schmidt was last seen Friday morning, September 2 on Green Street in Hudson. She may have been at a party on Joslen Boulevard in Greenport late Saturday night, September 3 or early Sunday morning September 4, but that report had not been confirmed, according to the release.

Ms. Schmidt was known to frequent areas in the City of Hudson as well as areas in the City of Albany.

She was described as a white female, about 5′ 7” tall, weighing 125 pounds. She had blonde hair, green eyes and was light-skinned. She was last seen wearing black-colored jeans, a blue shirt along with a blue Lacoste baseball hat with an alligator logo and blue Converse sneakers, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett.

The Sheriff’s Office sought the public’s assistance in finding the woman and asked anyone with any information to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518 828-4316 or 518 828-3344.

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