The country's first-ever female Muslim judge was found dead in New York City's Hudson River on Wednesday, police said.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam's body was spotted floating in the water after her husband reported her missing the day before.
The 65-year-old judge was fully clothed, with no obvious signs of trauma suggesting foul play, the New York Post reported.
Abdus-Salaam was a classmate of former Attorney General Eric Holder at Columbia Law School and has been hailed as a pioneer after her rise from a working-class family in Washington DC.
The divorcee had recently remarried an Episcopal reverend, according to the New York Daily News.