Fatal East Harlem fall appears to be a suicide: Boyce

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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