Body found in Cayadutta Creek

Death called ‘suspicious’

Gloversville police blocked off the entrance to the Rail Trail on Hill Street after a body was discovered in Cayadutta Creek along the trail on Thursday. The Rail Trail was blocked off between Harrison and Hill streets. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — City police are investigating circumstances surrounding the “suspicious” death of an adult male who was discovered in the Cayadutta Creek.

City police and the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are working to confirm the identity of a deceased adult male who was discovered face down in the Cayadutta Creek near the Rail Trail on Thursday.

Police consider the death to be “suspicious in nature,” according to a news release. An autopsy is scheduled for today at Albany Medical Center.

Lt. Brad Schaffer said today that police have an idea of what occurred, but declined to comment pending autopsy results. He said additional information will be released this afternoon.

“There is currently no known danger to the community at large, or individuals residing, or working, in the surrounding area,” the police press release stated.

Discovery of the man was reported to city police around 10:47 a.m. near the Rail Trail between Hill and Harrison streets. Members of the city police patrol and detective divisions responded to the scene to commence the investigation.

According to Schaffer, two individuals who visited the area to do some fishing discovered the body and immediately called 911.

Schaffer said the body was submerged in about five to six feet of water in a wooded area and investigation indicates it had likely been there less than 18 hours.

Based on the scene, officers requested assistance from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Forensic Investigation Unit and the Underwater Rescue Team.

The man’s body was reportedly recovered from the creek around 2:15 p.m. by forensic investigators and members of the underwater rescue team.

“It took some time to have those resources arrive on scene and the recovery also took some time because it was what I would describe as a wooded area,” Schaffer said. “There were some logistical difficulties in getting those resources to the scene.”

City police interviewed the individuals who discovered the body while waiting for resources to arrive and conducted a search of the area.

Police closed the Rail Trail between Harrison and Hill streets while investigating. The trail was reopened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“If we had any concern about the safety of civilians in the community or the area of the Rail Trail we would not have reopened it when we did,” Schaffer said.

City police received additional assistance from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, the Fulton County Coroner’s Office and the Johnstown Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact city police at (518) 773-4506.