As reported by MercerMe, the body of Hopewell resident Alex Stevens, was found on September 18th, sixteen days after starting a three-day hike in New York’s High Peaks Wilderness Area on Wallface Mountain.
A massive search ensued after family reported him missing on September 10th when he failed to meet friends in New York City.
An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday and bronchial pneumonia was determined as the cause of death. Prolonged exposure to the cold, rainy weather, insufficient gear, and little food all contributed to his illness, which ultimately caused his death approximately three days before his body was found.
In a Facebook message posted by Alex’s sister, Anna, she asks, “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Newcomb Fire Department PO Box 98 Newcomb, NY 12852. This volunteer fire department acted as the headquarters for the search operation and were selfless in their tireless efforts in supporting the crews. The entirety of the villages of Newcomb and Long Lake, NY stepped up in a way that we will forever be indebted to.”