Man's Body Found at Wadsworth Falls

A road block is set up after a man's body was discovered Sunday afternoon in the Coginchaug River near Wadsworth Falls.
A road block is set up after a man's body was discovered Sunday afternoon in the Coginchaug River near Wadsworth Falls.
A 41-year-old Bristol man was found dead Sunday afternoon at Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield, according to authorities.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3 p.m., Connecticut State Police Sgt. Sal Calvo said.

Police initially said the man appeared to have fallen, striking his head. Reports indicate the man's body was discovered in the Coginchaug River near the bridge along Cherry Hill Road, adjacent to the park.

A source told Patch the body may have been in the water for an extended period of time, however the circumstances surrounding the man's death are still under investigation.

Emergency crews closed park and part of Cherry Hill Road from the Rockfall Garage to Hubbard Street during the investigation.

Big K August 04, 2013 at 05:57 PM
There is a 'No Swimming" sign posted at the falls. I could see a few weeks ago that this was an "Accident waiting to happen", as people were in the rapid waters at the top of the falls.
Edward Bailey August 04, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I just left the Falls and everything that I have heard indicates that this is a sad unfortunate accident. This accident confirms that recent actions by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to ban swimming at the Falls was correct, given the many hazards present.
nana of 5 August 04, 2013 at 09:13 PM
so sad but it was just a matter of time. now how long before something like this happens at Miller's people refuse to obey the law or read the signs.May he RIP
Kristy August 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Just sat down and saw this article. That is so extremely sad!! God Bless his family as the grieve the untimely loss of one of their precious own. May the peace and love of the Lord protect them in the days and months ahead.
Kerry Kincy August 07, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I recently read this article in the middletown press. Very sad. What saddens me most is that the solution to the problem is to close the park. As someone who grew up in Middletown and recently moved back I took my daughter during the heat wave. Just as I remembered the falls were beautiful. However, the litter was awful. I read that due to recent complaints from neighbors of the park they removed picnic tables and now with the accident have closed it. So everybody loses? How about placing trash receptacles? Maybe a park ranger? It seems really silly to close one of the few beautiful places in town rather than find a solution to a solvable problem. My experience back here in Middletown so far has been pretty disheartening. Not the smartest group of leaders. I'll save the dog waste and traffic enforcement conversation for a later time.


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