BREAKING NEWS UPDATE [4 p.m. 9-30-13]: Law enforcement sources confirm that the body discovered in the Hudson River near Iona Island at Bear Mountain State Park is that of Sang Ho Kim. More information is expected to be released by police later Monday.
Authorities are investigating Monday to determine whether a body found in the Hudson River is that of a man wanted for a fatal workplace shooting in Garden City, New York State Police said in a Sept. 30 release.
The unidentified body was found by a recreational boater around 9:30 a.m. on Monday in the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge. Sources believe the body is that of Sang Ho Kim, a 64-year-old Queens man who was actively wanted for a double shooting at his former place of employment.
Police have been on the hunt for Kim since last Wednesday, when he went to the Garden City offices of SavEnergy – a light fixture importing company – and opened fire. He killed a co-worker and critically injured his former boss after shooting him in the head. The former company vendor was reportedly disgruntled over a “bad business deal,” police said.
After the shooting, police agencies across the state initiated a massive manhunt to locate Kim and released his photo and vehicle description to the public. His white Honda Pilot SUV was found on Wednesday in Cold Spring, NY. The massive manhunt closed schools in Putnam County and left a heavy and tactical police presence in the small upstate town.
“The body appears to have been in the water for several days,” Major Patrick Regan, a state police commander, said in a news release. “The body does appear to be that of a middle age Asian male.”
Regan said State Police officials have already contacted Nassau County police about the discovery and are now awaiting their assistance in the ongoing investigation.
The Rockland County medical examiner’s office is expected to continue attempting to obtain a positive identification of the remains.