02 March 2020
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

Update: On March 3, 2020, an autopsy was performed at the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh by Dr. Cara Soper. The cause and manner of death are pending toxicology and histology. 

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Original release: On March 1, 2020, at approximately 7:25 p.m. New York State Police and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers responded to a report of a hiker in distress on Dix Mountain in the town of Keene. An investigation revealed that Andrew J. Nichols, 21, of Glens Falls, NY, experienced a medical event and died while he was hiking the Dix Mountain Range.

On March 2, Nichols’ body was removed to Marcy Field where Essex County Coroner Jay Heald pronounced him deceased at approximately 8:15 a.m. His body was then transported to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where an autopsy will be performed on March 3, 2020.

State Police are also assisted by the DEC Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations (BECI).

 

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