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Ex-New York Times Reporter Sarah Kershaw Found Dead in Dominican Republic

Kershaw, who worked for more than a decade as a reporter for The Times, was found dead at her beach home. Police have implicated her husband, who is also American.
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SOSUA, Dominican Republic — An American woman who worked for more than a decade as a reporter for The New York Times was found dead at her home in a northern beach town of the Dominican Republic, officials said Tuesday.

The body of Sarah Kershaw was found Monday at her apartment in Sosua, where she moved with her husband, William Norton, in 2014. Norton was being questioned about her death, said Osvaldo Bonilla, a prosecutor for the province of Puerto Plata.

Initially police simply said Kershaw appeared to have died from asphyxiation. They later posted on Facebook that Norton had been accused of causing the death of his wife by "ahorcamiento," which translates to "hanging."

The police statement said Kershaw had "demanded he leave."

Norton is an editor and writer who has worked for a number of U.S. publications. He did not appear to have a lawyer in the Dominican Republic and could not be reached for comment.

This photo shows the entrance to the second floor apartment, top left, lined with potted plants, where U.S. journalist Sarah Kershaw lived in Sosua, Dominica Republic.EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ / AP

Kershaw, 49, worked as a reporter for The New York Times in 2000-2011. She previously worked for the newspaper Newsday on New York's Long Island, among other publications, and was a freelance writer at the time of her death.

The couple moved to Sosua, an area popular among expatriates in the Dominican Republic, shortly after they married.

A neighbor, Tony Cuevas, said Kershaw spent most mornings writing on the balcony of the Trade Winds apartments and the afternoons by the pool with her dog.

"They are very laid back," he said of the couple.