Pennsylvania State Police were called to investigate the death of a man whose body was found in Wintergreen Gorge. State Police said a couple was walking their dog on a trail near Fourmile Creek when they discovered the body and called police at 1:54 p.m. on Sunday.
State Police and the Brookside Fire Company responded to the scene in Harborcreek Township, which was located below a bridge on the Bayfront Connector at Shannon Road. The Erie County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene and Erie County Chief Deputy Coroner Nick Rekitt declared the man deceased at 3:18 p.m. The man was later identified as a 40-year-old man from Lawrence Park Township.
As investigators worked the scene, police blocked access to parts of the gorge and restricted movement in the vicinity of above the scene on the Bayfront Connector and Shannon and Cooper roads. The area was fully reopened to the public shortly after 4:30 p.m.
The name of the man has not been released. There were no signs of foul play, according to police. And, after recently speaking with the coroner, we found out that the man’s death has been declared a suicide and no autopsy will be performed. We are told the man died of blunt force trauma after jumping from the bridge.