Jiwon Lee, Missing New York Dental Student, Found Dead In Hudson River

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Jiwon Lee, the Columbia dental student first reported missing on April 2, was found dead Sundayafternoon in the Hudson River, according to a police report.

Lee, 29, was wearing a sweater, underwear and boots as she was floating in the river off of West 86th Street,  the New York Daily News reports. Prior to going missing, she reportedly suffered from depression and attempted suicide. A medical examiner is looking into the cause of her death, a NYPD spokesperson said.


“Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support,” wrote Matt Lee, Jiwon Lee’s brother, who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a private investigator to look into his sister’s case. The page reportedly raised over $87,595 as of Monday morning.

“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.”


Jiwon Lee was last seen on April 1 when she left her West 98th Street apartment in New York and never returned. The New York Daily initially reported that she left a note in her apartment, saying she was “sorry she did not live up to expectations” and that she “could not live anymore.”

Lee, also known for her work as a comedian in the New York area, was just weeks away from graduating Columbia’s dental school when she went missing.