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DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 15th, 2005 / 04:01 PM
SUBJECT:PAIGE STREET BODY IDENTIFIED

The body of a woman that was discovered underneath the rear porch of a vacant Paige Street apartment building last Friday afternoon (September 9th) has been identified as 36-year-old Marshyne Merritt-Merced of Schenectady.

A city maintenance crew that was cleaning 288 Paige Street found Merritt-Mercedís body at about 2 p.m. An autopsy could not determine the cause of her death and there were no signs of trauma to her body. It is estimated that Merritt-Merced died in late August. Toxicology tests are being conducted.

Merritt-Merced was homeless at the time of her death.

The investigation is continuing.