The West Point Cadet who died at Fawn's Leap was from Nebraska

The West Point cadet, who died Saturday at Fawn's Leap has been identified as 20 year old Benjamin Bochtler of Bellevue Nebraska.

The soldier had served close to three years in the army, Including deployment to Afghanistan for nine months, ending in January.

Original press release from Sunday:

Troopers Investigate Accidental Death in the Town of Hunter


 Captain Michael Drake

 Acting Troop F Commander


The New York State Police investigated an Accidental Death in the Town of Hunter that occurred on August 31, 2019 at approximately 11:00 am. State Police responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male at a routinely frequented cliff diving location known as Fawn’s Leap, off Route 23A. 

Investigation revealed, the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge, when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall. Life saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.

The victim was a Cadet Candidate at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, located at West Point, N.Y. The victim's name is being withheld for 24 hours per Department of Defense policy. 

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