August 15, 2006

Police Identify Body Found in Fall Creek Gorge

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A body was found at the bottom of the Fall Creek gorge at around 1:30 pm on August 14th, according to the Ithaca Police Department and eyewitnesses. The body has been identified as Aravind Lakshmanan, a 23-year-old graduate student, according to the Ithaca Police Department. Investigators are continuing to work to discover the cause of death.

Lakshmanan’s death is the third gorge-related death this month.

Lakshmanan was a Ph. D candidate in the field of Applied Physics. Last year Dan Pirfo, then a freshman, was found dead by three fishermen in a spot near where this body was found. The Ithaca Journal reports that just last week a 28-year old man from California drowned after swimming in a popular gorge.

Further details will be added as the Ithaca Police Department completes its investigation.