Monday, February 23, 2009

Tracy Hottenstein Update - Still No Clues In Her Death


You may remember the story we featured last week about Tracy Hottenstein, a young woman who was in Sea Isle City, PA to celebrate the city's annual Polar Bear Plunge, a charity event in which participants jump into the frigid ocean.

Here's the latest update from an article on PressofAtlanticCity.com:

Divers scoured part of the Intracoastal Waterway for the second day Friday morning looking for evidence to explain the death of a Pennsylvania woman whose body was discovered Sunday. Ex-cept for police, the area was deserted Friday, much as it would have been Sunday morning when Tracy Hotten-stein, 35, of Consho-hocken, Pa., was found dead on the channel's muddy banks.

State Police huddled in heavy winter coats with hoods while divers worked in the slow-moving tidal channel at 42nd Place. Middle Township police divers searched the same area of the waterway just south of the towering Sea Isle City Bridge on Thursday.

The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office released a photograph of Hottenstein taken on the beach in Sea Isle City the day before she died.

Later in the article:

In the photo released by police, Hottenstein was wearing the same winter clothes in which she was found Sunday morning. This included a pink plaid hat, a pink scarf, a black vest, a black long-sleeved top, dark jeans, and tan boots.

Police described her as standing 5 feet, 4 inches and weighing 135 pounds with brown eyes and blond hair.

Hottenstein was captured on a security video leaving the Ocean Drive Bar and Restaurant on Landis Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

"That was the way she looked. That's how she was dressed when she left the bar at 2:15," Taylor said.

Hottenstein was found by a passerby less than six hours later, or at about 7:50 a.m., near the Sea Isle City Marina, which is about a half-mile or a few blocks south of the bar.

Earlier reports suggested she was found in the water but Taylor said she was on the banks. With the incoming or receding tide, that does not necessarily mean she was not in the water at some point.

Taylor said the investigation at the scene is complete.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-465-1135 or Sea Isle City Police at 609-263-4311.

Hottenstein worked as a senior sales specialist at Parsippany, Morris County-based Daiichi Sankyo, a pharmaceutical company. She had been there since 2002, company spokesman Rich Salem said.

"Our company was saddened to learn of her passing. We extend to her family and friends our deepest sympathy. There are many people offering up their thoughts and prayers to those close to Tracy," he said.

According to her obituary, Hottenstein grew up in Lansdale, Pa., and graduated from Souderton High School, where she played lacrosse and was co-captain of the cheerleading squad. She received a biology degree from the University of Delaware.

Hottenstein was a runner who participated in the San Diego Marathon and the Broad Street Run. She coached lacrosse in a community league.

Article and Photo Source: PressofAtlanticCity.com

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