Unattended Death Investigation

On 28 October 2019 at approximately 6:52pm, Port Jervis City Police Officers responded to 25 East Main Street, Apartment #2, for a E-911 report of an unconscious female who was reportedly bleeding.

Officers responded to the scene with Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance and located a 32-year-old Port Jervis female identified as Heather Aleman deceased inside the apartment. Ms. Aleman resides at the above address.

Based upon circumstances and information encountered at the scene, officers sealed off the apartment as a potential crime scene for forensic processing. The apartment is one of 8 apartments located in a 3-story building.

Port Jervis City Police Detectives with the assistance of investigators with the New York State Police, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting a thorough investigation which included working throughout the night to attempt to ascertain the facts and circumstances that occurred prior to, and leading up to, Ms. Aleman’s death.

An autopsy is being performed by the Office of the Orange County Medical Examiner. No official cause of death has been declared at this time pending laboratory results which can take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

At this time, the apartment is still under the control of the Port Jervis Police Department and is being treated as a potential crime scene. Police are allowing residents only to access their respective apartments at the premise and expect to release the scene shortly later today.

The Port Jervis City Police Department Detective unit will continue the investigation at this time with the assistance of our partners at the New York State Police, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Town of Deerpark Police Department assisted the Port Jervis Police Department during their response to their incident.