INLET- A missing person alert was issued last Monday by the Town of Dewitt Police Department when friends and family of Kerry Young, 44, of Dewitt, NYreported that she had not returned from a hiking trip in the Old Forge area.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers led a search of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, which began early Tuesday morning. They were assisted by nearly 50 people from the state police, State Police Aviation, Town of Inlet Fire Department, Town of Inlet Police Department, Town of Webb Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff Department, members of Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue and other volunteers.
Young's car was reported at the entrance to the Limekiln Lake Campground off the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road by a local trapper. Her body was found Wednesday morning by ground search about one mile from her car by two DEC Forest Rangers, according to a press release issued by the DEC. Her body was found in a cluster of trees between Limekiln-Cedar River Road and Fawn Lake.
Investigators from the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Raybrook are leading the investigation into Young's death. According to a press release issued by their office late last week, however, an autopsy on the body revealed no sign of foul play or criminal activity. Her cause of death is still unknown, pending the results of a toxicology test.
Young was reported missing by her mother and her employer after a Facebook message, left before she disappeared, revealed that she was going hiking, according to police.