Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Missing woman found dead in the Great Chazy River

forest ranger reportVillage of Lowville
Lewis County
Public Outreach: On Dec. 12, Forest Ranger Evans participated in the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office’s “Shop with a Cop” event. Ranger Evans was joined by first responders from multiple Police and Fire Departments to help 28 children shop for the holidays. Local businesses, agencies, and individuals made this successful event possible with their donations.

Ranger Evans at Shop with a Cop in Lowville

Ranger Evans at Shop with a Cop in Lowville. NYS DEC photo.

Ranger Evans at Shop with a Cop in Lowville

Ranger Evans at Shop with a Cop in Lowville. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Champlain
Clinton County
Wilderness Recovery: On Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office requested Forest Ranger assistance with the search for a 31-year-old reported missing by her husband the previous day. On Dec. 13, nine Forest Rangers helped coordinate linear search assignments. Investigative efforts narrowed the primary search area to the Great Chazy River. On Dec. 14, 13 Forest Rangers worked with CBP Air and Marine Operations, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police (NYSP) Underwater Response Team, Clinton County Swiftwater Response Team, and the Champlain, Rouses Point and Mooers Volunteer fire departments. At 11 a.m., a Ranger air boat crew found the subject deceased upstream from the State Route 11 bridge. Rangers transported the subject to the Clinton County Coroner. Resources were clear at 2 p.m. NYSP is leading the investigation.

Ranger air boat crew

Ranger air boat crew during Clinton County search. NYS DEC photo.

Inflatable rescue boat

Inflatable rescue boat used during Clinton County search. NYS DEC photo.

Ranger air boat crew

Ranger air boat crew during Clinton County search. NYS DEC photo.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




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