UPDATE: New York State Police said the cause of death for the New Jersey woman who died in a Jacuzzi bathtub in an Old Forge hotel room was accidental drowning.
Police said around 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 55-year-old Patricia Moschella of Freehold, New Jersey, was found unresponsive in a Jacuzzi bathtub in her hotel room at the Water’s Edge Inn. Maintenance staff went into the room because of an activated smoke detector, and attempted to perform CPR until first responders arrived. Moschella was pronounced dead at the hotel.
Police said it appears Moschella had a medical event before she was discovered unresponsive, and an autopsy conducted by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death was accidental drowning.
Jack Keller, the public information officer for NYSP Troop D, said the medical event caused Moschella to slide below the water's surface. Moschella's body then blocked the water jet, causing the jet to overheat. Police say an electrical engineer inspected the hot tub and found it to be working properly.
"It appears she had some type of medical event after she entered in the Jacuzzi," Keller said. "Her cause of death is identified as an accidental drowning."
Keller said Moschella was alone in the room when the incident occurred.
"Her and her boyfriend had rented the room," Keller said. "He was running errands when she was found and he's been very cooperative."
Police said the investigation is continuing, but there is no sign of foul play or narcotics use.
Keller said the toxicology report and a more detailed investigation by the medical examiner will reveal more about the type of medical event Moschella experienced.
The Town of Webb Police Department and Old Forge Fire Department assisted State Police.
OLD FORGE – Several police agencies are investigating a death that reportedly occurred in a hot tub at an Old Forge hotel.
The death was reported at the Water’s Edge Inn Monday afternoon, and town of Webb police said they do not believe there was foul play involved. New York State Police are leading the investigation.
Town of Webb Police said they expect to learn more information from an autopsy, and results are expected to be given to police early this afternoon.