Body found at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, cause of death unclear


By Whitney Vickers - Fairborn Herald - AIM Media Midwest News Network



A body was spotted by a hiker in Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Jan. 9. Officials were uncertain whether it was an accident, suicide or case of foul play.

A body was spotted by a hiker in Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Jan. 9. Officials were uncertain whether it was an accident, suicide or case of foul play.


Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald

GREENE COUNTY — A hiker spotted a body in the Little Miami River in Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Jan. 9, prompting an investigation headed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Miami Township Fire Rescue Chief Colin Altman said officials were “uncertain” whether the incident was an accident, suicide or case of foul play. He added that crews were called into action approximately 1:30 p.m. but was unsure how long the body had been there before crews arrived. Altman said it didn’t seem like it had been there for days.

“Usually there’s heavy traffic through here in the summer, but people like to come out here in the winter,” Altman said. “We try to keep everyone from walking in the woods when it’s icy like this.”

Upon the body being pulled from the water and recovered from the wooded area, the coroner’s office and ODNR will investigate and make a determination concerning what took place.

The Miami Township Fire Rescue, Xenia Township Fire Department, ODNR, Greene County Coroner’s Office and Greene County Sheriff’s Office were on scene.

A body was spotted by a hiker in Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Jan. 9. Officials were uncertain whether it was an accident, suicide or case of foul play.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/01/web1_body2.jpgA body was spotted by a hiker in Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve Jan. 9. Officials were uncertain whether it was an accident, suicide or case of foul play. Whitney Vickers | Fairborn Herald

By Whitney Vickers

Fairborn Herald

AIM Media Midwest News Network

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

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