On Monday, March 20 at about 9:45 am New York State Police (NYSP) requested Forest Ranger assistance in an evidence search connected to a homicide investigation at Ausable Chasm in the town of Chesterfield, Essex County. When Rangers arrived, they were asked to recover the body of a homicide victim thrown more than 100 feet down the chasm.
Numerous Rangers rappelled down, found the victim, packaged their body, and used a technical rope system to return the victim to the top of the cliff.
NYSP identified the victim as 37-year-old Kenneth Darrah from Keeseville, NY, who was found on the north side riverbank.
An investigation determined a physical altercation occurred on the AuSable Chasm Bridge in which Darrah was stabbed and thrown off the bridge.
On March 21, 2023, State Police arrested Michael J. Rougeau, 48, and Michael A. Nastasia, 30, for second degree murder.
Before darkness fell, Forest Rangers spent hours scaling the cliff looking for evidence in the case. Anything found was turned over NYSP.
Photos provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.