Mill River victim identified by Northampton police

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The woman whose body was pulled from the Mill River in Northampton on Thursday has been identified as a recent Smith College graduate.

Northampton police identified the victim as 24-year-old Lucylynn Graves

“We send our condolences to her family, friends, and associates,” police wrote on Facebook.

Smith College spokesperson Stacey Schmeidel told 22News Graves graduated from the college in 2015, and again from the Smith School for Social Work in 2018.

Below is a letter sent out to the Smith School for Social Work community by the dean:

To our SSW community:

I am writing with sad news. Our recent graduate, Lucy-Lynn Ming Graves, has died recently in an apparent accidental drowning. Her death has now been confirmed. 
As all of us who knew Lucy can attest, she was a smart, capable, and gentle person. She was an excellent clinician. This is an enormous loss for her family, our community, and for the field of social work.
For those in the area, the college’s Schacht Center for Health and Wellness and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will be offering support to students. More information will be forthcoming. When we learn more about a service for Lucy, I will pass that information along as well.
In moments like this one, we are reminded anew of the importance of our relationships and of our community. Please reach out to others for support in the wake of this sad news.  I encourage each of you to take care of yourselves and one another.
With love and compassion, 

Marianne Yoshioka, PhD, MSW

Police and fire crews began searching for Graves after her belongings were found by the river on Tuesday. Northampton police said high water levels, strong currents, murky waters, and downed trees from recent rain made the search effort difficult.


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