Deceased hiker found on Baldpate

On August 21, 2023 around 7:30am, the Pennington Police Department received a missing person complaint. The complainant reported the missing person was last seen on Friday August 18, 2023. Through investigative efforts, the missing person’s personal vehicle was located unoccupied in the parking lot of Baldpate Mountain. Due to the lapse of time since they were last seen, immediate search efforts were put into action, led jointly by the Pennington and Hopewell Township police departments.

Multiple agencies and personnel responded to assist with the search, including those with aerial and rough terrain capabilities. Those who responded were: the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, West Windsor Police Department, Lawrence Township Police Department, Hamilton Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, New Jersey State Park Police, and Mercer County Park Rangers. Additionally, personnel from Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Union Fire, Pennington Fire, Princeton Fire, West Amwell Fire, and Signal 22 assisted with the search efforts.

Through search efforts, the victim was located and found to be deceased. The victim’s information is not being released at this time. There are no signs of foul play, however the investigation is ongoing. Baldpate Mountain was closed during the police operations but is now open to the public.  

Lieutenant Louis Vastola 
Hopewell Township Police Department

Sergeant Novin Thomas 
Pennington Borough Police Department

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