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Sarah Kershaw, ex-Newsday reporter, found dead in Dominican Republic

Former Newsday reporter Sarah Kershaw in an April

Former Newsday reporter Sarah Kershaw in an April 14, 1998, photo. Credit: Newsday File / Alan Raia

A U.S. citizen who once worked as a reporter for Newsday and The New York Times was found dead at her home in a northern beach town of the Dominican Republic, officials said Tuesday.

The body of Sarah Kershaw, 49, was found Monday at her apartment in Sosua, where she moved with her husband, William Norton, in 2014. Norton was being questioned about her death, said Osvaldo Bonilla, a prosecutor for the province of Puerto Plata. An initial police statement said Kershaw appeared to have died from asphyxiation, but Bonilla said a cause of death had not been established. He said an autopsy was expected to take several days and authorities had not ruled out suicide or homicide.

“We are waiting for the final forensic report to determine the real cause of the death,” Bonilla said. Norton is an editor and writer who has worked for a number of U.S. publications. He did not have a lawyer in the Dominican Republic and could not be reached for comment.

Kershaw worked as a reporter for The New York Times from 2000 until 2011. She previously worked for Newsday from 1997 until 2000 and was a freelance writer at the time of her death. The couple moved to Sosua, an area popular among expatriates in the Dominican Republic, shortly after they married, a neighbor, Tony Cuevas, said.

Kershaw spent most mornings writing on the balcony of the Trade Winds apartments and the afternoons by the pool with her dog. “They are very laid back,” Cuevas said of the couple.

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