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Harrison woman found in Beaver Swamp Brook

A 54-year-old Harrison resident was found dead in Beaver Swamp Brook on the evening of May 6, having intentionally drowned herself, according to police.

Police and firefighters blocked off Park Avenue overlooking Beaver Swamp Brook on the night of May 6 to rescue the body of Roxanda Cifuentes, who drowned herself.
Photo/Andrew Dapolite

Police and firefighters from Rye and Harrison were on the scene on Saturday night, blocking off a part of Park Avenue which intersects with Beaver Swamp Brook, a body of water which is bordered on either side by the neighboring communities. Harrison police later took over the investigation.

According to Harrison police Chief Michael Olsey, the victim, Roxanda Cifuentes, was a resident of Purdy Street, which is located approximately 500 feet from the brook. She had suffered from depression and had attempted suicide in the past, Olsey said.

Cifuentes is survived by her husband and three children.

A Gofundme page created by Cifuentes’ son, Marvin DeLeon, has collected more than $5,200 for funeral costs as of press time, meeting its $5,000 goal in less than 24 hours.

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