WAPPINGER, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island elementary school teacher who disappeared from a halfway house after a child pornography conviction has apparently killed himself, state police said Monday.
People using a personal watercraft found the body of 53-year-old Michael Reiner Thursday in the Hudson River in the town of Wappinger, said State Police Capt. Pierce Gallagher. Fingerprints, medical records and an autopsy were used to positively identify the body.
Gallagher said Monday evidence suggests Reiner killed himself. The body, which Gallagher said had been in the water for "an extended period of time," had injuries consistent with a fall from a high structure. Police do not believe he was assaulted.
Federal authorities had been looking for Reiner since May 31, when he didn't show up for work. He was released from prison last year after serving 6 ½ years, but was still being supervised by probation officers. He was staying at a halfway house in Brooklyn.
Reiner taught at the Long Island School for the Gifted in Huntington Station. When he was arrested, investigators found child porn on his computer and also writings about cannibalism and eating children.
Wappinger is 65 miles north of New York City. ..Source.. by seattlepi.com