Keene Valley woman commits suicide at Ausable Chasm

— The life of a Keene Valley woman ended by suicide on Wednesday, Nov. 14 after she jumped from the Route 9N bridge at Ausable Chasm.

The body of a Carol S. Rupprechd, 73, of Keene Valley, was discovered at the south bank of the Ausable River beneath the bridge by a tourist who was completing a tour around the Chasm on Wednesday afternoon. According to State Police Senior Investigator Kevin Levine, based in Plattsburgh, the general manager of Ausable Chasm called the state police around 3:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Clinton County Coroner David F. Donah declared the manner of death to be a suicide, according to State Police Lt. William Gorman, based in Ray Brook.

The Ausable Chasm bridge, which crosses over the deep chasm with the Ausable River flowing beneath it, has been the location where Levign said many suicides have occurred during his more than 26 years working in the area.

Suicide help and prevention

For more information about suicide prevention call the Clinton County Mental Health, 565-4060, or the Essex County Mental Health Clinic, 873-3670; after-hour emergencies, (888) 854-3773.

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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