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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • 911 calls trigger massive search in Cohocton area

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  • Two 911 calls from a man who said he’d been injured in a fall while hiking in the Cohocton area triggered a large-scale ground and aerial search early Tuesday morning, but no one was found.
    The Steuben County 911 Center received a call at 3:19 a.m. from a man who said he’d parked on Allen Street in the Village of Cohocton and hiked into the woods, then fallen and injured himself and didn’t know where he was, according to Bath-based New York State Police.
    The call was terminated before the 911 dispatcher could get any more information, and the man used a “911 only” phone, which made callback unavailable, state police report.
    A search was launched in the Cohocton area by state police, state forest rangers, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and volunteer firefighters from the Cohocton, Atlanta, Naples and Avoca fire departments, assisted by the Steuben County Office of Emergency Management and the 911 Center.
    A state police helicopter was called in to help, but the man wasn’t located.
    The man’s cell phone was tracked using area cell towers, but authorities could only determine the phone was in the Village of Cohocton area, and couldn’t pinpoint the exact location.
    The man then called the 911 Center again at 5:19 a.m., saying he was still injured in the woods.
    Again, the phone call was terminated before any useful information could be gained, and once again, the phone was “pinged” and returned to the Village of Cohocton, state police said.
    The name the man had given was searched through all available databases, but nobody by that name was found, state police said.
    No further contact was made with the man after the second call.
    After all possible locations where the man could have been located had been checked, authorities called off the ground and aerial searches.
    Anyone with information is asked to call the Bath state police barracks at 776-2136.
    The investigation is continuing.

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