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Hikers find human remains off Indian Ladder Trail in Thacher State Park

VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Hikers along the newly reopened Indian Ladder Trail in the John Boyd Thacher State Park discovered a body Saturday evening, says a representative for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Park Police, Forest Rangers and the Albany County Sheriff's Office responded around 6:42 p.m. Saturday for a call reporting human remains had been discovered by a patron hiking off-trail along the Indian Ladder Trail.

Investigators recovered items including an ID, wallet, and backpack belonging to Bruce Decker, 71, of Guilderland, at the scene. In February, Park Police conducted a massive search of the Thacher Park area for Decker after his car was seen unattended in the area for several days. Decker was considered a regular visitor to the park.

Officials have not yet officially identified the victim, but expect to complete recovery operations Sunday morning. At that point, the Albany County Medical Examiner's office will determine an identification and an official cause of death.

Indian Ladder Trail was closed overnight and for several hours Sunday morning during the recovery operation but has since been reopened to the public.

The popular Indian Ladder Trail reopened Saturday morning for the first time since last July when it was closed for repairs after a hiker was seriously injured by a falling boulder.

NEWS10 ABC will continue to update this story with the latest information.

 


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