A second person was found lifeless outside their home last week following a snowstorm that piled over half a foot of snow on East Hampton.
On Thursday morning, East Hampton Town Police pronounced Catherine Dransfield, 67, dead near the garage at her house on Hands Creek Road, according to Captain Chris Anderson.
At 10:49 a.m., a home health aide contacted Town Police after she arrived at the residence at 669 Hands Creek Road and was unable to locate Ms. Dransfield, who lived with her elderly mother.
When the police arrived, officers discovered the snow-covered body of Ms. Dransfield, according to Capt. Anderson.
Ms. Dransfield was a broker for the Saunders real estate firm since 2008, when founder Andrew Saunders recruited her. She had previously worked as a broker for Sotheby’s International Realty for 10 years, and, before that, had spent 20 years as a fashion industry executive in New York City, working for designers such as Gianni Versace, Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein.
According to Mr. Saunders, Ms. Dransfield was an unforgettable force.
“I worked with Cathy for seven years when I was a broker at Sotheby’s. She started out as my colleague and friend,” he said. “She was a great girl—soulful and a really devoted friend.”
Mr. Saunders said the announcement of her death was “such a shock” because Ms. Dransfield was so young at heart and such a presence in his Bridgehampton office.
“We feel like she went way too young,” he said. “ A lot of people respected her because she was a terrific broker and a great friend.”
As per Ms. Dransfield’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service.
Although there is an ongoing investigation into her death, it does not appear to be suspicious in nature, according to police.