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Medical examiner: Death of Brecksville man at Brandywine Falls was suicide

by Eric Marotta | Editor Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Sagamore Hills -- The Summit County Medical Examiner ruled Sept. 8 that a 71-year-old Brecksville man who died after falling off a cliff west of Brandywine Falls Sept. 6 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.

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.

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"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 handled the investigation.

Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433




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