Daughter of Slain Newspaper Heiress Jumps from Bridge--Body Found

By: Police say they believe they've recovered the body of a woman whose suicidal jump from a suburban New York City bridge echoed her stepfather's plunge from it 15 years ago after a grisly family murder.

State Police Sgt. Todd Parent says the body found Sunday afternoon in the Hudson River is believed to be that of Anne Morell Petrillo.

Petrillo was the daughter of slain newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas. Her stepfather, Scott Douglas, leaped to his death from the bridge in 1994 after killing her mother with a claw hammer. The family founded The Detroit News.

Witnesses saw Petrillo stop her car on the Tappan Zee Bridge and jump Thursday. She left a note, but police have refused to describe it.

Police say the Rockland County medical examiner's office will make the official identification.


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