March 10, 2009

Police Find Body of Missing Ithaca Man in Fall Creek

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The Ithaca Police Department on Sunday recovered a body located in the water where Fall Creek empties into Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park.
Police identified the decedent yesterday as Paul K. Rice, 64, of Ithaca.
The IPD, Ithaca Fire department and Bangs ambulance responded at approximately 1:18 p.m. on Sunday to a report of a body in the water. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Rice’s body floating in the water at the north bank of Fall Creek adjacent to the caretaker house, the police department said in a statement.
Police said last night that no further details were available because the investigation is ongoing.
Rice’s family reported him missing on March 5, according to The Ithaca Journal. Police Lieutenant Chris Townsend told the Journal that Rice had some history of mental health problems.
Townsend also told The Journal that he did not believe that there was foul play involved.
The Medical Examiner’s office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, the IPD said in a statement.
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