Cops Investigate a Montauk Death

Woman found in a parked car in a lot overlooking the ocean
A woman was found unresponsive in a car parked in a public lot just south of Washington Drive off Old Montauk Highway. Google Maps

East Hampton Town police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in a parked car a public lot on Old Montauk Highway Monday afternoon. Detective Sgt. Greg Schaefer confirmed that police are looking into the cause of death, but declined to comment further.

It appears that two guests at the Surfside Inn, which is across the road and slightly to the east, called police at about 3 p.m. to report a “woman not breathing.” Police sealed off the public parking lot, which is on a bluff overlooking the ocean, and could be seen carefully circling the car and the entire lot.

At about 6 p.m., a helicopter was brought in. “I couldn’t believe they were able to land in that little overlook,” Helene Delaney, one of the managers of the hotel and restaurant, said today. She was uncertain of what was going on across the street. The helicopter remained at the scene for about an hour.

Detectives interviewed two guests who had apparently placed the original call. The two guests left the hotel early this morning, the manager said.

Police remained in the lot until about 8:30 p.m. Monday, when the department’s flatbed tow truck hauled the car away, and the lot was reopened to the public.