Death at Ausable Chasm ruled a suicide

— A Keeseville man’s body found was found July 23 after he commited suicide by jumping from the Ausable Chasm bridge.  

James R. Rock, 26, of Keeseville was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. by an employee at the Ausable Chasm, a hiking and waterway tourist attraction on Route 9.

An autopsy performed by Clinton County Coroner David F. Donah, at 11:30 a.m. on July 23 found Rock’s fatal injuries to be consistent with suicide. According to Senior Investigator Kevin Levign with the State Police in Plattsburgh, the coroner’s findings supported results of their investigation.

Police have not determined why Rock would commit suicide.

“It’s something we are constantly questioning with many cases like this and sometimes we never learn why someone would choose to take their own life or what their mindset was at the time to feel this was their only option,” Levign said.

According to Levign, the bridge has been a destination for suicidal tendencies and completion several times during his last 26 years serving the area.

“There have been several others who have succeeded and others where we’ve arrived on the scene and they are standing by the rail and we’ve been able to talk to them and get them to step away from the edge.”

Suicide help and prevention

If you or someone you know may be at risk for completing suicide, seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-866-5PREVENT.

According to Clinton County Suicide Prevention and Behavioral Health Services North these are possible signs someone may be suicidal:

• Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.

• Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means.

• Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.

• Feeling hopeless.

• Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.

Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking.

• Feeling trapped.

• Increasing alcohol or drug use.

• Withdrawing from friends, family and society.

• Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep - or sleeping all of the time.

• Experiencing dramatic mood changes.

• Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.

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