Rochester native, New Paltz student, dies in a fall at upstate New York park

State News

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old college student has died after falling 150 feet from a cliff in an upstate New York park.

Donald Christian, president of the State University of New York at New Paltz, identified the student on Tuesday as Katherine Vollmer of Rochester. He said she was a visual arts major who transferred to New Paltz this fall from Monroe Community College.

According to police, Vollmer was hiking with a group exploring old cement caves and trails in Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park Monday evening when the group got lost in the dark.

Police said Vollmer slipped at the edge of a cliff and landed in an area that could only be accessed by a technical rope team.

The city fire department’s rope team recovered her body Tuesday morning.

Katherine’s father is creating a memorial fund page to support the family.

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