After more than a week of searching for missing hiker, Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, his body was found yesterday morning near Wallface Pond, a location close to Wallface Mountain in New York’s High Peaks Wilderness Area. An autopsy will be conducted today to determine the cause and date of death.
As previously reported in MercerMe, Stevens began a three-day hike on September 2nd at Wallface Mountain in Essex County, New York. After recording his hike duration at the trailhead register and speaking with fellow hikers, no one else saw or spoke to him and, though he carried a mobile phone, he had not reached out to friends or family. When he did not meet up with friends in New York City as planned, family members reported him missing on September 10th.
The search proved difficult. Dense forest growth reduced visibility to between 8-10 feet, and getting to and from search locations took more than two hours one way. To maximize daylight hours, searchers began sleeping on the mountain by September 15th.
At a press conference yesterday in Newcomb, NY, Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw said that there was no visible trauma to Stevens’ body and that nothing looked suspicious. No food remained in the bag Stevens carried.