Former New York Times reporter dead in Dominican Republic

A former reporter for the New York Times has been found dead in the Dominican Republic and her husband is being held for questioning.

Sarah Kershaw’s body was found Monday morning in her home in the northern beach town of Sosua near Puerto Plata, prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla told the Associated Press.

Kershaw lived in the community with her husband William Paul Norton, 50, after moving to the island in 2014.

Norton, a freelance writer for the Miami Herald International Edition, is being questioned in her death. Bonilla said prosecutors had not yet ruled Kershaw’s death a suicide or homicide. An autopsy is expected to take several days.

“We are waiting for the final forensic report to determine the real cause of the death,” Bonilla said.

In the 1990s, Norton covered breaking news and education for the afternoon daily Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. Over the past two years he has worked as a freelancer for the Miami Herald International Edition, proofing the newspaper’s pages and writing occasional stories. He also is a science news writer at, according to his Linkedin profile.

Kershaw, 49, worked as a reporter for The New York Times from 2000-2011. She previously worked for Newsday, among other publications that include the Washington Post, as a freelancer. Her most recent articles for the Post were a series of stories about a disabled veteran and his war-dog-turned-service-dog.