- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a Rochester-area man whose body was found in an Adirondack river earlier this week drowned while hiking.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/2w9CENR ) the Essex County coroner said after an autopsy was conducted Wednesday that 50-year-old Ralph “Skip” Baker, of Webster, died in an accidental drowning.

Search crews found his body Tuesday in a branch of the AuSable River in the town of Keene, 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of Albany.

Authorities say he was hiking a trail on the Wolfjaw mountains in the High Peaks region last weekend. He was reported missing when he failed to return to his truck Sunday night.

Coroner Frank Whitelaw says based on reports of other hikers who encountered Baker on the trial and Baker’s medical history, it’s possible he suffered an medical event that caused him to become disoriented.

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Information from: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/


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