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Homeless Woman Killed by Falling Tree in Commack

Suffolk County police say woman was living in a tent in the woods off Veterans Memorial Highway.

A homeless woman living in Commack woods was killed by a falling tree, according to Suffolk County police. 

Anne Marie Dolan, 57, was killed when a tree fell on her tent in the woods off Veterans Memorial Highway, near the King Kullen Plaza, according to police. 

Police said one of Dolan's friends who knew she was living in a tent, was searching for her during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. She had a rough idea of where Dolan was living, but did not know the exact location. Upon finding the collapsed tent on Monday, the searcher called her husband to look inside the tent that was set up in woods adjacent to 124 Veterans Memorial Highway, according to police. The couple then called police at approximately 3 p.m. Monday. 

Dolan was pronounced dead by a physician from Suffolk County's Office of the Medical Examiner. 

Upon investigation, Suffolk homicide detectives determined Dolan was living in a tent in the woods during Hurricane Sandy and was killed when a falling tree struck her within the last week. 

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Roberta November 10, 2012 at 06:58 AM
I knew Ann Marie. She was a funny and intelligent woman. We were sorority sisters at Hofstra University. I feel terrible that I lost touch with her in the years following graduation. It's hard to believe that she had such a tragic end. I will never look at a homeless person the same way again, as he or she may be someone else's "Ann Marie."
Geri November 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I had the pleasure of knowing Ann Marie over the last year or so and finally met her just once. While many years apart we shared a common bond, our sorority. She emailed me often with the fond memories she shared with people like Roberta and ones that were so similar to mine and the countless other women that were part of our 75 year history at Hofstra. People who knew Ann Marie would know that she would not have taken the invitation to stay with them during the hurricane. She had too much pride, not to mention that it's kind of hard to invite someone to your home when you do not know exactly where they can be found. To my friend and sister, may you truly rest in peace.
Debra Clarke Riddle November 12, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I, too, knew Ann Marie. We attended Hofstra and were sorority sisters. I had not spoken to her in years so I had no idea that she was living like this. I recently joined the sorority page on facebook and would see her frequent posts, so obviously she was going to the library or coffee houses where she could use a computer. How does someone end up like this? Where are her two sons, family members, anyone who cared about her? I know how some people can be very stubborn and refuse help, but it's very frustrating and shocking to read about this and find out someone's life ended so horribly. Dear Ann Marie, what happened to you? Hopefully you have finally found peace.
Bettina D. Hindin November 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I too had the pleasure of knowing Ann Marie. She was in her Senior year at Hofstra when was a Freshman and pledged and then became her sorority sister. How do we -- women who call themselves sisters -- let this happen to one of our own? I must receive at least two e-mails a year from the Delta Chi Delta, and each one is either a happy-go-lucky email about how wonderful our lives are, or an invite to another lunch or dinner celebrating our wonderful we were/are. Isn't it time that we stop this frivoulous self-celebration and look out for our sisters who don't have such a great life? Perhaps they are homeless, or ill, or have suffered a downturn in life and could use a helping hand. Maybe we should each give up a week of tanning, facials, mani-pedi's, gym memberships, or forfeit a 5 star vacation and use that money to set up a foundation that helps women (especially our sisiters) who are not as fortunate? Just a suggestion ladies -- party time was over the day we each graduated from Hofstra.
Melissa Herland November 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Well said, Bettina. I was in the same pledge class with you and remember Anne Marie as being extraordinarily friendly, despite the fact that I was only a freshman.


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