UPDATE: Police Say Woman Fell Victim to Hurricane

Community rallies to support Edith Wright's two daughters; Benefit being planned for Wednesday night.

LONG ISLAND, NY -- The woman whose body washed up on a local beach on Tuesday morning, after the storm, was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.

She has been identified as Edith Wright, 52, of Montauk, police say.

East Hampton Town Police Detective Lt. Chris Anderson confirmed on Wednesday that Wright's family reported her missing on Monday night at 9:17 p.m., just after some of the worst weather Hurricane Sandy brought to the South Fork.

"There was no sign of her," Anderson said.

Wright, known as Dee to friends, is survived by two daughters, Kiah, 23, and Laini, 18. Her husband passed away several years ago, according to family friends. She was a longtime waitress at The Dock and a teacher's aide at the Montauk School.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen, whose jurisdiction Wright's body was found in, said on Wednesday morning that his department has concluded its investigation: "It's appears she was the victim of the hurricane," he said, adding that police believe she walked her dog along the ocean.

The current was moving east to west during the storm. A passer-by discovered her body on Georgica Beach on Tuesday morning at around 7:30 a.m.

Word quickly spread throughout town that it was Wright, whom friends said went missing after she left her family's house near the Montauk Community Church.

A benefit is being planned for Wright's daughters on Wednesday night at the 668 Gig Shack in Montauk, according to Sofia Marques-Stipanov, who is helping to provide food from her husband's family restaurant Felice's Ristorante and Astro Pizza in Amagansett. Details are still being prepared, but the benefit will begin at 7 p.m.

"She is like family to us and we are all hurting," Marques-Stipanov said.

Montauk School Principal Jack Perna said the entire community is mourning the loss. "Dee Wright had two beautiful, lovely, and devoted daughters. She was a very valuable employee...always ready to do whatever the school needed. She will be missed."

He added, "Her daughters have a supportive circle of good friends, but will need the support of our wonderful community over the next several weeks and months."

Please join us at Patch in offering our condolences to Dee Wright's family and friends. We are so sorry for your terrible loss. If you would like to add photos of Ms. Wright, please feel free to hit the 'add photos' button.

kate mueth October 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Heartbreaking-- such a wonderful woman at the Montauk School.
Gabriella Mercedes October 31, 2012 at 02:25 PM
this is so heartbreaking & the sanabria family sends their condolences- we are so fortunate to live in such a community that rallies in time of need.
Loretta Lynch October 31, 2012 at 02:46 PM
So very sorry to hear this. Sending prayers to her family.
velaine pfund October 31, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I love you deet, we will all take care of the girls. My heart is broken in many pieces. So many people are showing such an out pouring of love and support. Love this community!
kathleen kelly lepore October 31, 2012 at 03:48 PM
So very sad..god bless
Bon Klein October 31, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Is there a way to donate to the family. I will not be able to attend the benefit. Please give me an address to send donation
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 04:34 PM
We will find out for you shortly.
lcs6388 October 31, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Where's the dog?
joanne tierney October 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
sorry to hear of your loss from Jon Tierneys' mother in CT.
Patricia Waleko November 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Our love and prayers to Kiah and Laini! Xoxox
Jennifer November 01, 2012 at 07:51 AM
So tragic - wish we were home in MTK to say how sorry we all are. I knew Dee from back when we worked together - always a big smile and no stress with a helping hand. Please somebody post an address to send a donation to help her girls.
velaine pfund November 01, 2012 at 10:46 AM
We are setting up a fund today. I will give you all of the info later.
Al November 01, 2012 at 01:21 PM
So sad. My deepest sympathies to all family members.
D. November 01, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Does anyone know if her dog was a Jack Russell?
kris weatherly November 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
WHY was she walking her dog near the ocean?? Everyone had fair warning. . . why . . . did she take that chance?
Quinten November 01, 2012 at 03:50 PM
yes, it was a jack russell that she had
LBJ November 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Is that a photo of her at top? I am confused.
Dr. Lewis Gross November 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank you 668 Gig shack and all the local liquor stores and vendors who supplied the great food. What a party and raised great cash for the girls. Montauk Project was awesome. Epic night in Montauk!
Jennifer November 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thanks... appreciate it.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Yes, it's an old one, when her daughter was little.
Mary Grady November 01, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Dee was Novell Wright's wife (a very good friend of mine) who had passed away a few years ago. This is just horrible news. May God give her daughters strength to endure.
virginia buquicchio November 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
dee was a yonkers girl where i grew up spent summers in montauk. we were both teenagers when we met at a beach fire at ditch did we laugh. be strong girls. like your mom.
Deb Driscoll November 01, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Did the dog come home? Or is it still missing?
Gaylegaylecz@optonline.net November 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I worked with Dee @ The Dock years ago. She was always a Dedicated and hard worker who was a pleasure to work with. She had a contagious smile and always made me feel good when I saw her over the years. Such a tragedy, she will surely be missed. My heart goes out to her two daughters, please rely on your friends and family and all those who loved your mom. She is with your dad now, both watching over you two. Xoxo
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
We just got this update: Velaine Pfund let us know that Kiah and Laini Wright's attorney Gordon Ryan is finalizing details for donations to be made, and asked that those who want to donate, just hold off a few more days. Also, a fundraiser will be held at Gurney's Inn on Nov. 15 between 7 and 9 p.m. There will be music, food, a Chinese auction and a 50/50 cash bar. The admission is $10 at the door and there will be a bucket to collect more donations. Thanks for letting us know!
Jim Castronova November 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Never forgot you Dee...Never will. You were a friend to me from the day I showed up to work there in '77 and will always remain in my heart as that friend. Love You, Lady. "Meatball"
Katy Casey November 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I was told by someone close to Dee that the dog was found the following Saturday, also a victim of the hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
kellie November 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
sorry for your loss


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