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The Summit County Medical Examiner has ruled that the 71-year-old Brecksville man who died after falling off a cliff west of Brandywine Falls committed suicide.
Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the office, said the victim, Brecksville resident August C. Voight, died of multiple blunt force trauma due to suicide.
Guenther said the suicide ruling was made due to Voight’s past history of depression, and the case is closed.
Sagamore Hills — Authorities say a 71-year-old Brecksville man died Tuesday morning after falling off a cliff east of Brandywine Falls.
Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire Chief Frank Risko said the man did not survive the fall due to extensive head injuries.
Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Dobbins said the man apparently fell from a point just past the boardwalk’s western entrance from the other side of the wood-fenced boardwalk designed to keep people away from the steep sides of the gorge leading up to Brandywine Falls.
“It appears he was at the overlook at the top and fell over, and fell to his death,” said.
Dobbins estimated the fall to be about 100 feet.
He said the man was discovered by hikers walking at the bottom of the gorge around 11:30 a.m. The hikers called 911, and Dobbins was the first on the scene.
Risko and Dobbins said family members informed authorities the man was last seen earlier in the morning around 6 or 8 a.m.
Risko said a 37-year-old sheriff’s deputy was treated for heat exhaustion during the recovery. He was taken for further treatment to the Cleveland Clinic’s emergency room in Twinsburg.
In addition to the fire district, the Macedonia Fire Department and Sagamore Hills police assisted Cuyahoga Valley National Park rangers, who are handling the investigation.
Information from the park service was not immediately available.
Check back here for updates as we receive them.
Sagamore Hills police are assisting National Park police in recovering a person from a steep area in the vicinity of Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Park spokesperson Pam Barnes said the incident is under investigation. A ranger at the gate told the News Leader that the area is being considered a crime scene at this time; Barnes noted that this is standard procedure in a case like this.
Paramedics are on the scene.
Further information is not yet available; check back for updates.