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Reward offered after woman's body found at former psychiatric center

HYDE PARK, N.Y. - A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of a Poughkeepsie woman whose body was found at a former Hudson Valley psychiatric center.

State police announced Tuesday that 27-year-old Jerusha Christie's body was found near a storage shed at the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center in the Dutchess County town of Hyde Park, 75 miles north of New York City. Troopers say state Office of Mental Health employees working nearby made the discovery.

Authorities say her death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy was conducted by the county medical examiner's office.

Troopers say Christie was last seen Monday in the city of Poughkeepsie.

The reward of up to $2,500 is being offered by New York State Crime Stoppers.

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