Missing New York Korean American Found Dead in Hudson River

D-Bo , May 6, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

Comedian and dental student Jiwon Lee was found dead on Sunday afternoon in the Hudson River.  According to police reports, Lee age 29, was found wearing a sweater, underwear and boots while floating in the Hudson near West 86th Street.  The medical examiner is looking into the exact cause of death. 

Lee was originally reported missing on April 2, however prior to her disappearance, she reportedly suffered from depression and had attempted suicide. 

Jiwon Lee was last seen on April 1 when she left her West 98th Street apartment in New York and never returned. The New York Daily initially reported that she left a note in her apartment, saying she was “sorry she did not live up to expectations” and that she “could not live anymore.”

“Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support,” wrote Matt Lee, Jiwon Lee’s brother, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a private investigator to look into his sister’s case. The page reportedly raised over $87,595.

“Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place. Our family thanks you at this time for respecting our privacy. We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible.”

Lee was weeks away from graduating from Columbia’s dental school when she went missing.

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