Police: No evidence of foul play in Brasher woman’s death
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:29 am

Updated Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2:38 p.m.

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- State police have not yet ruled on the cause or manner of death of a 58-year-old woman found dead behind her Brasher Falls home, but a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) investigator said foul play is not suspected and would not comment further.

The body of Kathy R. Eckstein, 58, was discovered by state police late Tuesday afternoon. She had been reported missing by her husband Fred the previous night.

Investigator Andrew Gayeskie said Dr. Samual Livingstone performed an autopsy on Wednesday night, but was unable to make a ruling without a toxicological screening.

“It takes a few weeks – it may take four to six weeks,” Gayeskie said Wednesday night, adding that the test will check for drugs, blood alcohol level, and other chemicals or substances that could have killed her.

Gayeskie said Eckstein’s death remains under investigation.