Niagara Gazette

Local News

February 6, 2014

NT man dies in Letchworth fall

Niagara Gazette — State officials confirmed on Thursday that the body of a man found dead in the Genesee River Gorge at Letchworth State Park was a North Tonawanda resident. 

Officials believe Stephen Bzibziak, 21, was hiking on a trail when he fell and injured himself in the gorge, though he managed to place a 911 call for help from his cell phone before inclement weather turned back a multi-agency search party. 

"At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday he called to say he had fallen," said Chrisanne Conley, a dispatcher with the New York State Park Police. "Because of the winter conditions we weren't able to recover him until the morning. When our guys were finally able to get down to him he was deceased." 

Conley said she could not confirm whether Bzibziak had died from exposure, stating that as part of an investigation an autopsy will likely be conducted in the coming days. 

The search was led by the state Park Police Rope Rescue Team, and assisted by a volley of state authorities and local outfits in Wyoming County. An employee of Adventure Call Outfitters also confirmed on Thursday evening that members of the rafting company also took part in the recovery. 

The rescue effort was turned back on Wednesday night due to heavy snows and wind. 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results