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Jul 10, 2014 1:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Identify Woman Who Drowned In Hampton Bays Swimming Pool

Jul 14, 2014 7:01 AM

UPDATE, 2 p.m. Friday:

Police have identified the woman who drowned in an in-ground pool on Wakeman Road as 29-year-old Olya Lipina of Astoria, Queens.

Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said Ms. Lipina had come out to stay at the house, which is owned by the Kreft family, earlier that day. Det. Sgt. Costa added that Ms. Lipina, a friend of the Kreft family, went to the house alone.

It's not clear when exactly the drowning occurred, Det. Sgt. Costa said, and the circumstances around the death are unclear. It's not clear if the death was intentional or accidental, she said.

The incident still is under investigation by Town Police as well as the Suffolk County Homicide Unit and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

One neighbor, who declined to give her name, said the house at 23 Wakeman Road was primarily used during the summer and, to the extent of her knowledge was used only by the Kreft family, although Det. Sgt. Costa said the house has been rented out in the past.

The neighbor said she had never had problems with anyone at the house and noted that her children would occasionally use the swimming pool.

Pete Penny, who lives directly next to the house on Wakeman Road, said Thursday that he hadn't noticed anything suspicious at the house that morning or the night before. Mr. Penny, who had been interviewed by a Southampton Town Police detective, was unaware of Ms. Lipina's death until informed of it by a member of The Press.

Mr. Penny noted that he had problems with noise coming from the house in the past.

"I had to call the police once to complain about it," he said.


Southampton Town Police have confirmed that a woman drowned in a backyard pool in Hampton Bays at around noon on Thursday.

Police were called to 23 Wakeman Road a few minutes past noon after receiving a call about a possible drowning.

Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, who responded to the scene, said she could not immediately release the identity of the victim, or confirm if the woman was a resident of the house.

Detectives could be seen interviewing potential witnesses outside the two-story home as of 1:45 p.m.

“It’s an active investigation,” Sgt. Costa said. “We can’t release any information at this point.”

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Can't release any info; can't say who it was, but you can give the street address?

By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 14 7:59 AM
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By ElisabetaRoja, New York, New York on Jul 12, 14 1:42 AM
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