Richard Kendall de Nyack, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, found dead
UPPER NYACK – The body of longtime resident Richard Kendall, a prominent art historian who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was found late Monday afternoon in a densely wooded area of the park of Nyack Beach State, Orangetown Police said.
Kendall, 75, went missing on November 3 after leaving her village home.
No suspicious activity has been found at this time, according to police, but the investigation is continuing.
The police had concentrated their search in the Nyak sector.
Residents of Nyack and Upper Nyack areas had spent the days following his disappearance searching the neighborhoods, trying to find Kendall and get him home. Residents searched their properties, including garden sheds or accessible garages, after police said Kendall could take shelter there.
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Orangetown Captain James Brown said Monday evening that Kendall’s body was discovered around 4:30 p.m. in the woods near Nyack Beach State Park. The investigation focused on the area between Kendall’s house on Marion Street and Nyack Beach, at the end of North Broadway in Upper Nyack.
“We would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation,” Brown said in a statement.
Retail Orangetown Matt Sullivan said it had been difficult to trace Kendall’s stages, with the rapid development of Alzheimer’s disease making possible actions difficult to predict.
Kendall has had a long career as an art historian, with a specialty in the Impressionist movement; he was considered a great specialist of the painter Edgar Degas.
He was general curator at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts and worked on exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery in England.
Just over four years ago, Kendall was volunteering at Edward Hopper House, the famous artist’s childhood home.
Orangetown Police were assisted by New York Park Police, New York State Police, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and its Criminal Investigation Unit, Nyack Fire Department and Nyack Fire Department Search and Rescue.
Police across the region, including Bergen County, New Jersey, had been notified. A statewide money alert has been issued.
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