October 25, 2011 —
The New York State Police, at Catskill along with the Greene County Sheriff Department were contacted by the Saratoga County Sheriff Department regarding an attempt to locate an overdue hiker, that was reported to have been hiking somewhere in the Catskill Mountain area in the Town of Hunter, Greene County, NY.
The New York State Police along with members of the Greene Co Sheriff Department began to check the various trail parking areas in an effort to locate the vehicle of the overdue hiker. The vehicle was located at the parking area on Scutt Road in the Town of Hunter. The New York State Forest Rangers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were contacted and responded to assist with the search of the surrounding trail systems in the North-South Lake State Park.
Greene County 911 dispatch was then contacted by a hiker who reported locating a deceased male subject on the Escarpment Trail. Responding patrols located PAUL DODWAY 51 yoa, from Clifton Park, NY laying on the trail. Greene County Coroner HASAN BASAGIC responded and removed the deceased to Albany Medical Center where an autopsy was performed on today’s date by DR. BERNARD NG, where the cause of death was determined to have been due to natural causes.