Dr. David Bennardo, superintendent of the South Huntington school district, wrote on the district website, "Our hearts go out to Sarah's family during this difficult time. The members of our South Huntington learning community join in mourning Sarah's passing and keep her in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
"I realize that this news can be particularly unsettling for community members who knew Sarah and were a part of her life. Please know that you, too, are in our thoughts and prayers today. This tragic news provides yet another reminder of life’s precious nature."
Suffolk County police had no further information, saying on Thursday that her death was deemed suspicious.
A few signs of the police investigation of her death were visible in the preserve Friday, particularly a number of trees and branches cut back to allow them access to the spot where her body was found several feet from a main trail. Police said Thursday that her body was spotted by a passerby in the preserve.
She was 23 years old and a resident of Huntington Station.