A 63-year-old woman was found dead in a canal in her hometown of Mastic Beach on Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.

A fisherman found a body in the water west of Beaver Drive and called 911 shortly before 8 a.m., police said. She was later identified as Dianne Ross, who lived about seven blocks from where she was found.

The victim was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determined her cause of death.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

The incident marks the second time this month that a body has been found floating in a Mastic waterway.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.