17 February 2020
 
 

NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
 



PRESS RELEASE
 
Update: The 14-year-old victim is identified as John T. Robertson V.  An autopsy was conducted, no foul play is believed to have occured. 
 

Original release: On February 15, 2020 at approximately 4:35 p.m., New York State Police, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, Dryden Fire and EMS and Harford Fire responded to a report of a 14-year-old who fell through the ice. 

An investigation revealed that the 14-year-old fell through the ice on a creek near Route 200 in Harford, NY and was located just outside of the water.  The 14-year-old was transported by ambulance to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and later succumbed to injuries. 

The investigation is continuing. 

 

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