Scarsdale is mourning the loss of a resident and father who took his own life this week.
According to the NYPD, Ivan Rodriguez, 44 year- old, of School Lane jumped from the Henry Hudson Bridge at 9:45 am on Tuesday March 11, 2014. Metro North spokesperson Marjorie Anders reported that Rodriguez’s body was spotted by a Metro North engineer who saw him under the platform at the Hudson Line’s Spuyten Duyvil train station in the Bronx. It appears that Rodriguez jumped from the bridge that crosses over the Spuyten Duyvil Train Station on Tuesday morning. His car was found parked on Kappock Street with a note that said he intended to kill himself.
After the discovery, Metro North turned off power at the station at 10:00 a.m., halting service on the Hudson Line. Service resumed at 10:25 am but there were 10-15 minute delays in service until noon.
The NYPD contacted the Scarsdale Police at 12:24 p.m. on March 11 to assist them in advising Rodriguez’s wife, Zobeida Graff, about the death of her husband. They stood by while she told her two children who attend high school and elementary school.
This was not the first time that Rodriguez went missing. On New Year’s Eve, 12/31/12, Rodriguez’s wife called police when he said goodbye to his children at 9:30 pm and failed to return by 1:30 a.m. on 01/01/13. Police filed a missing person report but cancelled it when Rodriguez contacted them to say he had left the house on his own free will.
Rodriguez was an investment banker and a former employee of Bentley Associates and Rabobank. He was a graduate of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and had a Masters in Management and Finance from UC Davis.
Rodriguez was active on the Scarsdale Little League and was remembered by Josh Glantz, Co-President of the Board of the Scarsdale Little League who said, “Ivan Rodriguez was a dedicated and valued member of the Scarsdale Little League community and served as a board member from 2012 to 2013. As a board member, Ivan led several league initiatives including the 2013 Michael Ludwig Sportsmanship Award and the ever-popular Scarsdale Little League Day at the Rockland Boulders game. Ivan truly embodied Scarsdale Little League’s mission of using baseball to build sportsmanship with a focus on fun for all children in our community. We are saddened by his passing and share our condolences with his family and friends.”
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