Body of heiress' daughter found in river

September 27, 2009 4:00:05 PM PDT
Police say they believe they have recovered the body of a woman whose suicidal jump from the Tappan Zee Bridge in suburban New York echoed her stepfather's plunge 15 years ago from the same span. State Police Sgt. Todd Parent says they believe the body found on Sunday afternoon in the Hudson River belongs to Anne Morell Petrillo.

Petrillo was the daughter of slain newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas. Stepfather Scott Douglas leaped to his death from the bridge in 1994 after killing her mother. The family founded The Detroit News.

Witnesses saw Petrillo stop her car on the bridge and jump Thursday.

She left a note, but police have refused to describe it.

Police say the Rockland County medical examiner's office will make the official identification.

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