An actress who appeared in countless hit TV shows was found dead in a river in New York State. Police are continuing to investigate.

On June 26, 2022, at 8:10 a.m., New York State Police from Troop D responded to 33753 Old Farm Road in the town of Cape Vincent, Jefferson County for a reported possible drowning.

New York Woman Found Dead in St. Lawrence River


When troopers, along with Cape Vicent Fire and Ambulance arrived on the scene, they discovered a woman dead in the St. Lawrence River.

"The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming, New York State Police stated in a press release. "The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy to determine an official cause of death."

Actress Found Dead In New York River

Once removed from the river the woman was identified as 61-year-old Mary T. Mara from Cape Vincent, New York. PEOPLE confirmed Mary T. Mara is a well-known actress who appeared in ER and Criminal Minds.

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"I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in Mad Forest off-Broadway," Mara's manager Craig Dorfman told PEOPLE. "She was electric, funny, and a true individual. Everyone loved her. (She was) one of the finest actresses I ever met. She will be missed."

Mara was spending time at her sister's New York summer home near the St. Lawrence River when the drowning accident occurred.

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Mara appeared in many other hit TV shows including, Criminal Minds, ER Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Ray Donovan, The Practice, Gideon's Crossing, Star Trek: Enterprise, Lost, Dexter and Shameless, as well as appearances in Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Monk, Nip/Tuck and Bones.

Mara retired in 2020 and moved back to New York.

Investigation Into  Drowning in St. Lawrence  River Ongoing


The investigation into the drowning is ongoing, police say.

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