On August 19, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office notified Forest Rangers about two people deceased near of the falls of Tenant Creek in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. NYS Forest Ranger Thompson and Sheriff’s Office personnel responded. Tenant Creek is located of Hope Falls Road in the Southern Adirondacks town of Hope.
The first of three waterfalls are reached by a 1.9 mile trail. From there two other falls are reached by an unmarked trail another 1.2 miles beyond the first falls.
New York State Police interviewed the reporting party and confirmed the subjects were near the third set of falls. Ranger Thompson, Sheriff Abrams, and Deputy Sheriff Braunius hiked in and confirmed that a 24-year-old Kaydee B. Lyons from Albany and 28-year-old Matthew A. Bank from Scotia were deceased.
Rangers Kabrehl and Nally and Sheriff’s personnel transported litters and State Police investigators to the scene with all terrain vehicles from the Forest Rangers, Sheriff’s Department and Wells Fire Company.
The deceased were packaged and transferred to a NY State Police helicopter with the assistance of Lyme Timber Company employees. State Police investigators transferred the subjects to the County Coroner. They are investigating, but indicate the cause of death is accidental drowning.
Photo: The first of three Tenant Creek Falls (courtesy DEC).