Former New York Times Journalist Found Dead

Sarah Kershaw, 49, was found in her Dominican Republic apartment
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2016 4:03 AM CST
Former New York Times Journalist Found Dead
This photo shows the entrance to the second floor apartment, top left, lined with potted plants, where journalist Sarah Kershaw lived, in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.   (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)

A journalist who spent more than a decade working for the New York Times has been found dead in her Dominican Republic apartment. Sarah Kershaw, 49, moved to Sosua with husband William Norton in 2014, and while a local prosecutor says Norton is being questioned about her death, little is known at this point. The initial police statement noted asphyxiation appeared to be involved, but a cause of death had not been established and authorities say neither suicide nor homicide are off the table. The autopsy results are days off.

A neighbor tells the AP Kershaw tended to spend her mornings writing on her balcony at the Trade Winds apartments and her afternoons near the pool, accompanied by her dog. Kershaw was a Times reporter from 2000-2011 and previously worked for Newsday; she was currently freelancing. The New York Daily News reports, by way of Norton's Facebook page, that Norton was formerly a senior editor of the Miami Herald's international edition. (More journalist stories.)

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