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July 26, 2013

Man’s body recovered from creek

NEW CASTLE — Emergency personnel spent 10 hours yesterday combing the Slippery Rock Creek for a man who apparently fell to his death.

The man has been identified as 49-year-old Jeffrey Alborn of Hickory Township.

Slippery Rock Township Volunteer Fire Chief George Johnson said Alborn entered the stream from a hillside on the south berm of the Rose Point Bridge, about 144 feet above the stream.

A passerby traveling east on Route 422 toward Butler called 911 around 5:15 a.m. upon noticing a truck stopped on the bridge.

State police Lt. Eric Hemrick said the truck was left running with its headlights on. The passerby saw the man walking on the other side of the guard rail. The location was about a quarter-mile before the main entrance of McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Slippery Rock’s fire department responded at 5:20 a.m. to assist on a medical call, “which turned into a search,” Johnson said.

 The emergency crews determined Alborn had gone into the water based on evidence at the scene, including a trail of blood that led into the water, Johnson said.

“We started the search with quite a few departments,” Johnson said, noting that two to four people per department showed up. Eventually, more personnel were needed.

 Neshannock Township’s swift water rescue team responded, as did the Volant and Hickory rope rescue teams, and search and rescue dogs and their handlers of K-9 SOS and CAESAR.

A state police helicopter provided air search, and the state police sonar unit also was enlisted.  The Portersville, Bessemer, Scott and Perry Township Volunteer fire departments responded.

Deputy Coroner Samuel Teolis of Ellwood City was summoned. An attempt to contact him last night was unsuccessful.

According to the state police, Alborn’s body was found around 2:30 p.m.

Johnson said he was found about 1,500 feet downstream of where he was thought to have entered the water, southeast of the bridge, and that dogs earlier had picked up his scent around that area.

Alborn was removed from the creek shortly after 3 p.m.

An autopsy is to be performed at the Heritage Valley Medical Center in Beaver, state police said.

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