Daughter of Newspaper Heiress Struggled Financially Before Apparent Suicide

The daughter of slain newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas, who New York police said plunged to her death from the Tappan Zee Bridge on Thursday, was struggling with financial woes, alcohol addiction and suicidal thoughts years before she apparently took her own life, the New York Post reported.

Annie Morell, who for years battled the emotional fallout from the brutal murder of her mother, is believed to have jumped to her death from the same bridge as her stepfather after he killed Scripps Douglass on New Year's Eve in 1993.

Morell, 38, hit a new low as her inheritance dried up and she attempted to sell her home in Rye Brook, Westchester, N.Y., according to the Post.

Police are searching the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee bridge in Tarrytown for her body, and confirmed Friday her death is believed to be a suicide.

She apparently got out of her car on the span Thursday evening, then jumped from the bridge located north of New York City. A note was found.

Her mother was beaten to death with a hammer in Anne's bedroom by her stepfather, Scott Douglas.

Douglas fled and jumped to his death from the same bridge. His body was found three months after the slaying.

Anne Morell has a sister, Alexandra, who had no immediate comment.

Anne Douglas was the great-great-granddaughter of Detroit News founder James Scripps.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.