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East Harlem fatal fall appears to be a suicide, NYPD chief of detectives says

Yanina Boitel, 33, was found on the ground

Yanina Boitel, 33, was found on the ground outside her building on Third Avenue on Saturday night, Aug. 19, 2017, police said. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The death of a woman who fatally fell from the roof of her building in East Harlem on Saturday appears to be a suicide, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday. 

Yanina Boitel, 33, was found at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night on the ground outside the building on Third Avenue, between 112th and 115th streets, police said. 

Investigators thought Boitel could have been pushed, a police source said Sunday, but after speaking with her boyfriend and a witness, Boyce said foul play is no longer suspected.

"Right now we're looking at it as a suicide," he said at an unrelated news conference Monday

Her boyfriend does not have any prior arrests, he added.

Boitel was taken to Metropolitan Hospital Center where she died of her injuries, a police spokesman said.

With Alison Fox and Vin Barone


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