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Body discovered in Crown Point

Police believe it to be missing man

A body found in Crown Point Sept. 7 has been tentatively identified as a missing Warren County man. State police said they believe the body is that of Keith R. Gill, age 45, of Chestertown and Bryn Mawr, Pa., who has been missing from a family camp on Loon Lake near Chestertown since Aug. 19.

A body found in Crown Point Sept. 7 has been tentatively identified as a missing Warren County man. State police said they believe the body is that of Keith R. Gill, age 45, of Chestertown and Bryn Mawr, Pa., who has been missing from a family camp on Loon Lake near Chestertown since Aug. 19. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— A body found in Crown Point Sept. 7 has been tentatively identified as a missing Warren County man.

State police said they believe the body is that of Keith R. Gill, age 45, of Chestertown and Bryn Mawr, Pa., who has been missing from a family camp on Loon Lake near Chestertown since Aug. 19.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer discovered the body at 4:40 p.m. Sept. 7 near Peasley Road, about a mile from the spot police had found Gill’s car two weeks ago.

State police responded along with Essex County Coroner Paul Connery who authorized transport of the remains to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for an autopsy. Documents and items belonging to Gill were located at the scene.

An autopsy was performed on the remains by Dr C. Francis Varga at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake Sept. 8. The cause of death was ruled to by a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Essex County Coroner Paul Connery ruled the manner of death as suicide.

Positive identification is pending a forensic dental comparison.

After Gill’s disappearance from the Loon Lake camp, his 1999 BMW was found on Peasley Road in Crown Point, setting off a massive search by State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and Environmental Conservation police, state police, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Ticonderoga town police and Crown Point firefighters.

The coordinated search was discontinued last week after finding no sign of Gill.

Gill is a 1985 graduate of North Warren High School in Chestertown. Police said he had no connection to Essex County.

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