An NYPD search team found the body Tuesday believed to be of a woman thought to have drowned in the waters of Jamaica Bay, police said.
The body was found by NYPD divers just after 11 a.m.Tuesday in Jamaica Bay near Beach 108th St. Police sources said they believe it’s the body of Anne Clarke, 35, of Far Rockaway, Queens.
Miriam Clarke, 69, said her son Dale Clarke told her that her daughter-in-law was just standing waist-deep in Jamaica Bay at Bayswater Point State Park near her home Sunday, when she was likely pulled under by a rip current about 5:30 p.m.
“My son didn’t go inside the water with her, at the beginning,” she said, in an interview that took place before word emerged that a body was discovered.
Dale Clarke told her afterward Anne told him, “I’m just going to my waist.”
The body was found about 5 miles west of the park.
Miriam Clarke said she saw the couple Sunday getting into the car on the way to the bay, about two hours before Anne Clarke disappeared.
“I said to both of them ‘You guys are going together?’ and they said ‘We’ll soon be back,’ ” Clarke said.
She didn’t imagine that one of them would never come back, she said.
Clarke said her daughter-in-law often spent time at Bayswater Point State Park, a green patch of swampy land accessible at the end of Mott Avenue.
“Another person, another good Samaritan was there and tried to reach her, reach her even before my son did since that person’s also in the water. But I guess he couldn’t help her,” she said.
The woman said the family is holding up “as best as we can.”
“She was a lovely person who enjoyed life. She traveled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean” Miriam Clarke said. “She’s a person who loved water. Wherever she travels, you see her in pictures having a good time with water. That was her life.”
Anne and Dale Clarke met in high school and both went to college to study marketing. They had been together for 16 years, but had no children. Anne worked with her husband for a marketing company.
Dale Clarke was not home. He went to work Tuesday morning, while his wife’s fate was still unknown.
“He said he needs to focus,” Miriam Clarke said. “Let us pray that he’ll be able to function 100%.”