Keene Valley The search for a missing Massachusetts man has ended with the discovery of his body found off a hiking trail near where his car was located.
The body of Scott W. Haworth, 46, of Chicopee, Mass., was located on Oct. 12 at approximately 4 p.m. after hikers reported to New York State Police they had discovered a body about one-quarter mile off the Round Pond Trailhead, where his car had been discovered Sept. 10.
New York State Troopers and Forest Rangers responded and confirmed that a deceased male was at the location. Evidence at the scene indicated the remains to be that of Haworth. The death has been ruled a suicide.
Haworth was last seen Sept. 5 at the Valley Grocer in Keene Valley attempting to cash a check. He was reported missing Sept. 10 by a coworker in Massachusetts when he hadn’t been heard from since Aug. 24. Chicopee Police Capt. Dan Sullivan said they handed the search to New York State Police when Haworth’s car, a 2002 Red Ford Focus, was located in Keene at a parking area on State Route 73 near the Round Pond trailhead.
A search of the area and various trails in the region by Forest Rangers and State Police including canine and aviation assets did not locate Haworth last month.
Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw was notified and authorized removal of the body to the Adirondack Medical Center at Saranac Lake. An autopsy was conducted Oct. 14 by Dr. C. Francis Varga, who verified the remains as Haworth and determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to hanging.
New York State Police Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said in an Sept. 13 interview that following a search of Haworth’s home by Massachusetts police, it was determined that all of Haworth’s camping gear was left at his home.
At that time, Fleishman said Haworth was an avid hiker who often went out alone. He was reportedly a member of the Adirondack 46ers and Fleishman said he was, “very knowledgeable of the Adirondacks.” She said there had been no evidence collected that would indicate Haworth had wanted to hurt himself or “disappear.”
Sullivan said Haworth’s family and friends didn’t know why he had left town.
“The only person who might know why he left or why he didn’t bring his gear is Haworth,” he said.