The Poughkeepsie Journal reported late this afternoon that the body found in Fishkill Creek was in fact the body of Joanne Kessler, mother of Bruce Kessler who had earlier reported to the Karlson and McKenzie radio show on WPDH that the woman in the creek was his mother.
The Journal article states that the BPD was able to identify the body, "...by comparing autopsy reports to Kessler's medical records from Albany Medical Center." The cause of death is still undetermined. Another piece that is not clear is why the BPD did not allow Bruce Kessler to attempt to positively identify the body after his claim that the woman was in fact his mother and after stating—both privately and publicly—that his mother had both a tattoo and recent brain surgery, which the BPD stated were identifying features of the body. Features that the BPD had hoped would bring someone such as Mr. Kessler to the fore.
According to a comment on the Dispatch site, Bruce Kessler was asked to supply DNA material for identification purposes but, at the time that these comments were posted, he stated that he was not, "...getting any help from the BPD. My calls aren't answered , my messages aren't returned, and quite frankly I'm starting to get the impression that they don't even care."
Mr. Kessler, we send our sincerest regrets to you and are sorrowed at your loss.