A longtime Nassau County Court official was found dead in her Syosset swimming pool early Wednesday, Nassau police said.
Second Squad detectives said Patricia Doyle, 55, was found in the swimming pool of her Azalea Drive home by a landscaper at about 10 a.m.
Doyle was an attorney referee with the Nassau County Family Court, said court spokesman Daniel Bagnuola. A profile on the court's website said she had served more than 20 years as a court official.
"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Patricia Doyle," Thomas Adams, the administrative judge of Nassau County, said in a statement. "Her legacy is one of compassion and fairness. She proudly served the residents of Nassau County with great distinction and respect."
Doyle was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m. by a medical technician for Nassau County Ambulance, police said.
She was discovered that morning by Christino Peres, a crew member of the D'Agostino Landscaping Inc., which tended to Doyle's garden once a week for the past eight years.
Peres said he began his usual routine at the home around 10, and when he found Doyle, he called his boss, Anthony D'Agostino, who then called the police.
A police news release said the investigation is continuing but there appears to be no criminality involved.
Doyle was not married and had no children. She was a "very religious woman" who was heavily involved in the St. Edward Confessor Church of Syosset, according to her neighbor, Bill Nouza.
"She was just a wonderful person. We live next door and my wife was visited by her every Saturday in the nursing home for about an hour and a half. She brings food over to the house, she's just a very giving person," Nouza said.
Doyle's area of expertise in the courts was to hear and report on custody and visitation matters, Bagnuola said.
Court attorney-referees research and analyze complex legal issues and questions raised in civil and criminal cases heard in trial courts or on appeal to certain County Courts and may be responsible for supervision of court attorneys and support staff, he said.