College Student 20 Falls From A Cliff In New York On A Hiking Trip With Student Group

Police say a 20-year-old college student from Rochester has died after falling 150 feet from a cliff in an upstate New York park. Donald Christian, president of the State...

Police say a 20-year-old college student from Rochester has died after falling 150 feet from a cliff in an upstate New York park.

Donald Christian, president of the State University of New York at New Paltz, identified the student Tuesday as Katherine Vollmer. He said she was a visual arts major who transferred to New Paltz this fall from Monroe Community College.

Police say Vollmer was hiking with a group exploring old cement caves and trails in Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park on Monday evening when the group got lost in the dark.

Police say Vollmer slipped at the edge of a cliff and landed in an area that could only be accessed by a technical rope team. The city fire department’s rope team recovered her body Tuesday morning.

In a statement, Christian extended his condolences to Vollmer’s family and friends. 

“It is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of undergraduate student Katherine Vollmer, 20,” Christian said. “… We extend our deepest sympathy to Katherine’s family and friends and to the students and staff who knew her.” 

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