Man falls, found dead in Bedford Reservation

Family says he was looking for lost cell phone

From staff reports Published:

Bedford -- A Northfield Village man died Jan. 25 after he slipped and fell about 50 feet into a ravine in the Cleveland Metroparks' Bedford Reservation, according to park rangers.

Monica Banks Hines, a Metroparks rangers spokesperson, said Randy Prosen, 37, was apparently walking on a bridle trail alone near the Lost Meadows Picnic Area, west of Broadway Avenue, when he fell.

Hines said rangers determined Mr. Prosen's death to have been an accident.

Mr. Prosen's wife, Kim Prosen, said her husband was an avid hiker who had dropped his cell phone in the park earlier in the day.

"He wanted to go back and look for it before the snow got too heavy," she said, adding he told his son where he was going about 2:40 p.m.

His wife said the family became concerned when he did not return in the early evening, when they were having a birthday party for his daughter.

Hines said rangers responded after receiving a 911 call about 5:45 p.m.

"The ranger dispatch got an emergency call from a park patron who saw a man lying at the bottom of the cliff," she said. "We do not know how long he was there."

Hines said that in an operation that took some time because of the difficulty of the terrain, rescuers rappelled down the ravine to discover that Mr. Prosen was dead at 6:46 p.m.

"It was not easy getting to him," she said, explaining firefighters had to rappel 75 feet down the opposite side of the ravine, then climb another 20 feet to reach Prosen.

The Oakwood Fire Department, Bedford police and the Hillcrest Technical Rescue Team, a Hillcrest Hospital team composed of safety force members from a number of communities, also responded. Hines said the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office took the body.

Mr. Prosen, a 1993 graduate of Nordonia High School, was the father of two children, Cassidy, 13, and Cameron, 11.

He attended the University of Akron and earned a degree online in finance and accounting, said Kim Prosen. He worked as a controller.

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