The body of Seth Kilburn was discovered behind a private residence after a five day search by Lake Placid Police and surrounding emergency responders.
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Lake Placid The five day search for missing Lake Placid man ended Friday morning with the discovery of his body, located within 1,000 feet of his possible destination.
The body, which police believe to be Seth Kilburn, 34, of Lake Placid, was discovered by the Lake Placid Police at about 10:04 a.m. as they performed a canvas search on McKinley Ave.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Lake Placid Police Chief Bill Moore said he believes Kilburn may have fallen down a 6-foot embankment while taking a short cut home through the woods.
The body was found at the back of a private residence at 77 McKinley Ave, near the tree-line. Moore said the body was basically in plain sight but could not be seen from the road.
Moore believes Kilburn was taking a shortcut back to his parent’s home on River Street through a path known to many locals and could have fallen. Moore said the path is easy enough to navigate by day but at night there are dramatic drops on either side of the path.
“I’m sure he took (the path) many times in his youth and at night if you take the path and veer slightly on either side there are drop offs in excess of 6-feet,” Moore said. “I think he got off his path slightly, and we believe the cause of death to be accidental.”
The path begins near Cummings Road and would have been a shortcut to Kilburn’s parent’s home on River Street, where he had been staying.
Kilburn’s body was less than 1,000 feet from his home.
At this point in the investigation, Moore said the police do not expect foul play to be a factor in his death.
Kilburn’s body has been sent to Adirondack Medical Center for an autopsy with Doctor. C. Francis Varga, Moore said the results of the autopsy will be released after the family has been notified.