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Spring Lake Man Dies In Fall From Palisades Cliff

He fell 225 feet from Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs.

A 45-year-old Spring Lake man was killed Sunday in a 225-fall from the cliffs along the Hudson River at the Rockefeller Lookout on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Englewood Cliffs, according to police.

Lt. Michael Coppola of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said that as of this morning the investigation has not revealed any suspicious circumstances in the death. The cause of death is being determined by the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The identity of the man has not yet been revealed by police because relatives are still being notified of his death.

An investigation of a possible death began around 2 p.m. Sunday, when police were alerted to a walker and walking cane leaning against a railing at the Rockefeller Lookout — located along the northbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, police said. 

An unoccupied vehicle parked in a handicapped space was also located. Police said they made contact with a family member of the car's owner, and at about the same time police suspected someone had fallen from the cliff. 

A trace of the car owner's cell phone showed it was in a stationary position at the base of the cliffs below the Rockefeller Lookout. Police conducted a search of the cliff’s base and located a deceased male approximately 125 feet down from the base of the cliffs, or about 225 feet from the top of the cliff. 

The man had a matching description to the vehicle’s owner.

With the assistance from the Englewood Cliffs Fire Department and the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victim was brought down to Henry Hudson Drive and positively identified.

A in a fall from another area of the cliffs earlier this month. 

Billy's Mom June 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Terrible, just terrible.
John Santaella June 26, 2012 at 03:15 AM
It would appear he ended his life on his own terms.
Rona June 26, 2012 at 01:15 PM
These areas need a high fence that is difficult to climb. The frequency of these occurrences whether intentional or accidental warrant it.
Suzanne Troya September 09, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Boy, passed those cliffs recently, and they are scary. The drop is steep, and long.

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