The body was located near the summit of Scarface Mountain in the town of North Elba shortly after 11 a.m. State Police forensic investigators were flown to the mountain by State Police helicopter.
No signs of foul play have been determined in the initial investigation. Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw authorized the removal of the body.
The body was then transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake by New York State Police Aviation. An autopsy will be performed by Dr. C. Francis Varga on January 16, 2014, to determine the cause and manner of death.
A press conference is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the State Police Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. In attendance at the press conference will be Saranac Lake Police Department, Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, and State Police.