Update (11:18 a.m.): State police Public Information Officer Trooper Aga Dembinska has confirmed to The Ithaca Voice that the body found in the Taughannock Falls gorge was a 39-year-old man from Johnson City. Police have determined that the cause of death was suicide, and an identity is not being released.

Original story:

TRUMANSBURG, N.Y.—An investigation is underway after a body was discovered in the gorge at Taughannock Falls State Park Monday morning.

The Trumansburg Fire Department and emergency responders were called around 8 a.m. and discovered a person, deceased, lying in the gorge. Trumansburg FD spokesperson Alix Gresov stated in a press release that a recovery operation from Taughannock’s south rim trail was conducted upon arrival.

“Difficult terrain and limited access complicated the recovery, but ropes were used to haul the person vertically out of the gorge and onto the trail, where ambulance crews could easily access,” Gresov wrote. “All units were clear of the scene by 1:20 p.m.”

The deceased person’s identity was not provided.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com