Woman’s death ruled accidental

FLORIDA — The body of a woman found dead near New York state Erie Canal Lock 12 has been identified as 33-year-old Amanda R. Gifford of Amsterdam, and her death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

On Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a call for a body found in the water near Lock 12, which is located on the Mohawk River. The sheriff’s office, with assistance from state police, began an investigating into the death of Gifford, which occurred east of the New York state Erie Canal Lock 12 in the town of Florida.

Upon arrival, Gifford was discovered partially submerged in the water on the south side of the river bank. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that Gifford had been at the river bank with an acquaintance overnight and was discovered dead by that person just prior to the 911 phone call.

An autopsy has been conducted by Albany Medical Center Forensic Pathologist, and at this time based on the autopsy and investigation results, Gifford’s death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

An extensive investigation was conducted my members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the New York state Police Troop G Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit, the New York state Police Troop G Forensic Identification Unit and Montgomery County District Attorney Lorraine Diamond.

By Patricia Older