No Charges After Hudson Valley Woman Found Dead in Home
Following a long standoff with police, a Hudson Valley man isn't being charged after a woman was found dead in his home.
Middletown police received a call early Tuesday evening about an unresponsive person inside a downstairs apartment on Cottage Street. When police arrived a man inside the apartment refused to let them in, barricading himself inside, causing a four-hour standoff, police say.
Around 10:30 p.m., a man was taken into custody and a medical examiner was requested to the scene for a deceased female, who appeared to have been deceased for several days, officials say.
An autopsy conducted by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office on 63-year-old Helen Niven of Middletown did not reveal any signs of physical trauma or abuse, police say. Her death does not appear suspicious at this time and is likely the result of natural causes, according to police.
Niven's long-term partner, 70-year-old William Nott of Middletown isn't being charged at this time, according to police.
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