Hiker dies after falling, hitting head on Appalachian Trail, wardens say

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 3:44 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2011, at 8:47 p.m.

CARRYING PLACE TOWNSHIP, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has recovered the body of a man believed to be from New York who died Friday morning after falling and hitting his head while hiking the Appalachian Trail in northern Franklin County.

The man, who is in his 50s, had been hiking alone when the accident happened, Detective Bryant Jacques of the Maine State Police said. He was found about a mile up the trail from Long Falls Dam Road by other hikers, who called 911 about 10:15 a.m.

Bryant said the victim’s name and hometown are being withheld pending notification of family members. He said the death is not considered suspicious.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Edie Smith said initial reports indicated that the man’s death was the result of falling and hitting his head, however, the exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

She said his body has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

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