posted on February 06, 2014 15:37
State Park Police identify the hiker who died after falling into a gorge at Letchworth State Park.
The body of 21-year-old Stephen Bzibziak of North Tonawanda was recovered today.
Park Police said Bzibziak called 911 for help yesterday afternoon after falling into the Genesee River Gorge, but was disconnected. They were able to determine his location after pinging his cellphone.
Recovery operations were halted after nightfall yesterday due to the weather conditions. Officials believe he died from his injuries, but a cause of death has not been determined.
Last fall, a state police officer died after falling into a gorge during a training exercise.