MANHATTAN (PIX11) – A body pulled from the Hudson River over the weekend has been identified as that of a 29-year-old Columbia University dental student who disappeared more than a month ago, police said.
Jiwon Lee was last seen the night of April 1 at her Upper West Side apartment.
Her body was found Saturday evening in the Hudson River near West 86th Street, police said. A cause of death is under investigation.
Lee was in her fourth year at the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine when she went missing. She was described by loved ones as a “wonderful student, friend, mentor, sister and daughter.”
Desperate to find the young woman safe, Lee’s family raised more than $87,500 from nearly 1,200 donors to hire a private investigator to help in the search.
Lee’s family used that online fundraising page to provide updates on the search.
“Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support. Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place. Our family thanks you at this time for respecting our privacy. We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible,” according to a post made early Monday.