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Teen who died in Adirondack Mountains had local ties

14 March 2016 News


KEENE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been killed by a falling boulder while visiting a waterfall in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

State police say Monday that Connor McLaughlin, of Greenwich, New York, was with his uncle at the base of Roaring Brook Falls in Keene on Sunday afternoon when the boulder fell. Troopers say the uncle saw it coming and yelled a warning, but he slipped into the brook as the boulder hit the boy, crushing him against a tree.

Rescuers attempted CPR, but the boy died at the scene. His uncle was treated for minor injuries sustained in the fall.

Troopers say the boy had gone on an impromptu hike with his relative to look at the falls. Police say the boulder broke loose from near the top of the falls and fell about 100 feet before hitting the boy.

Connor is the great-nephew of Arleen Brown, proprietor of Arleen Brown’s Antiques in Front Royal.